Renton History Museum to host exhibition of art made by survivors of brain injury

The art show is intended to raise awareness of brain injuries and the impacts they have.

Screenshot from Brain Injury Alliance Washington website

Screenshot from Brain Injury Alliance Washington website

For the next month, The Renton History Museum will host the Brain Injury Art Show, an exhibition of healing, creativity, and expression sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

Through Feb. 11, The Brain Injury Art Show will feature 33 original artworks created by individuals whose lives have been forever changed by an accident or condition that lead to what is known as an “invisible disability” – something that can’t be seen, and is often misunderstood or ignored.

The annual Brain Injury Art Show provides individuals with brain injuries an opportunity for their voices to be heard, and their talent to be on full display. Participating artists have had to adjust their lives because of brain injuries caused by trauma, stroke, or other health conditions. Artwork includes paintings, photography, sculptures, and multimedia.

“Brain Injury is called the ‘silent epidemic’ because public recognition of brain injury is

extremely low despite the staggering number of people who are injured each year,” said Deborah Crawley, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, the effects of brain injury – physical impairment, cognitive deficits, behavioral issues – have a far-reaching impact on survivors’ quality of life. Many employ art as a therapeutic tool in their recovery process from brain injury. Artists have been quietly creating art, knowing that few may see their finished pieces.

“What is amazing about the Brain Injury Art Show is that it highlights individuals who were artists before their brain injury and who continue their passion as it supports their healing,” Crawley said.

The Brain Injury Art Show is currently showing at the Renton History Museum, located at 235 Mill Avenue South, through February 11, 2022. The Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. All visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their visit. Masks are also required. Capacity is limited to 15 at any time due to COVID restrictions. Reservations are strongly recommended. There is no cost to visit the Museum.

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