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Disabled Artists Unite To Create A Moving, Canadian Art Story

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists provide inspiration through national art collaboration

TORONTO, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Today, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) launched Canvassing the Country: A Moving, Canadian Art Story , an ambitious, national collaboration of disabled artists across Canada who share the determination to overcome physical adversity and use art to help achieve financial independence.

Over the next six months, selected MFPA artists across Canada will work together on a single canvas that will travel the country in anticipation and support of September's Self-Help Awareness Week. Each artist will paint a regional Canadian scene that serves as a source of personal inspiration. The canvas will begin its journey the week of April 16, on the west coast in British Columbia and will travel across Canada throughout the spring and summer reaching artists in provinces including Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

"This campaign has a lot of meaning for our organization," says James Parkins, MFPA Canada. "It's an opportunity to showcase the talent of our artists, while highlighting the very important themes of hard work, perseverance and independence. We hope the final product will serve as a national symbol of what can be achieved in the face of adversity." MFPA will donate the final canvas as a gift to the people of Canada.

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands. MFPA is not a charity but a unique, international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. The revenue generated by the sale of products, such as desk calendars and greetings cards, reproduced from their original artworks, provides the artists with the commercial structure to support themselves financially.

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