The inspiration to support children with special needs was through a conviction according to Rolands Tibirusya, a visual artist.
“Though we are just differently able-bodied, the people should not look at the disability of a person; they should rather look at one’s ability and work because it is their way of progressing,” says Tibirusya.
As a way of giving back to the community, Tibirusya and his colleagues volunteered to train children with special needs how to paint. The artists included Osbert Mugisha, Hilda Wandera, and Derrick Walukune.
During the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, children were taught how to draw, mix colours, and also paint recycled bottles.
Tibirusya has been a live painter for almost 15 years and has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and fine art from Makerere University.
According to Tibirusya, many children with special needs are not only gifted but also talented right from the inside.
Tibirusya notes: “Everybody is born an artist, and children, especially those in wheelchairs can become better artists. Our art does not end in the classroom. Children paint bottles, then exhibit them to create awareness about their abilities.”
Besides equipping children with skills, Tibirusya also created an art piece of reference that depicts the standard operating procedures Ugandans applied to curb the spread of Covid-19.
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