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Renton History Museum to Host Art Exhibit by Brain Injury Survivors

Next month, the Renton History Museum will host the Brain Injury Art Show, an exhibit on healing, creativity, and expression sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

Until February 11, The Brain Injury Art Show will feature 33 original works of art created by people whose lives have been forever changed by an accident or condition that has led to what is called an “invisible disability. – something that cannot be seen, and is often misunderstood or ignored.

The annual Brain Injury Art Exhibition provides an opportunity for people with brain injuries to have their voices heard and their talent fully displayed. Participating artists have had to adjust their lives due to brain damage caused by trauma, stroke, or other health issues. Works of art include paintings, photographs, sculptures and multimedia.

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

extremely low despite the staggering number of people 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 problems – have a significant impact on the quality of life of survivors. Many use art as a therapeutic tool in their recovery process after brain injury. Artists quietly create art, knowing that few people can see their finished pieces.

“What’s amazing about the Brain Injury Art Show is that it spotlights people who were artists before their brain injury and who are pursuing their passion while supporting their recovery,” Crawley said.

The Brain Injury Art Show is currently on view at the Renton History Museum, located at 235 Mill Avenue South, through February 11, 2022. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their visit. Masks are also mandatory. Capacity is limited to 15 at any one time due to COVID restrictions. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visiting the Museum is free.