Disability Awareness Month concludes with author JL Powers who will be doing a reading of her powerful children’s book, Colors of the Wind, which features blind artist George Mendoza’s incredible artwork. A book signing will follow. This event is hosted in conjunction with Language Arts and the Business Division. The event will take place October 29, from 12:10pm-1:10pm in room 6204.
More about George Mendoza from Colors of the Wind:
George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he is breaking more barriers because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees. He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record in the mile for blind runners, and later competing in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist, Mendoza’s collection of paintings, titled Colors of the Wind, is a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.
Article by Melissa Matthews