The Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), in partnership with the New York Mets, presented Developmental Disability Awareness Day at Citi Field on April 23. The celebration helped raise awareness for developmental disabilities as well as offer access to the arts for all New Yorkers.
HAI is a non-profit agency that has inspired growth, healing and learning through engagement in the arts for culturally under-served New Yorkers for over four decades. Before the celebration, HAI held an art contest celebrating the artistic accomplishments of people with mental disabilities. On March 31, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of experts. The winners of the art contest were celebrated on Citi Field at the opening of the New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on April 23.
A pre-game show was held at the Bullpen Plaza featuring select artwork from the contestants. The winners of the art contest included NYC Adult Artist Winner Barry Kahn, HAI Art Studio Winner Martha Cruz-Haddock and Teen Winner Vernon Rush. Visit the HAI website to learn more about cultural programs and unique opportunities New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.