Tucked away among the chickens and roosters of Bothell Country Village is an art museum unlike anything else in the United States.
“This is the only museum for disabled visual artists in America,” says Leslie James.
James is the executive director of the Museum of Special Art or MoSA. The newly opened museum currently houses works from 15 artists with a wide range of handicaps. One suffers from schizophrenia. Others battle autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down’s syndrome.
Among the artists on display is Brom Wikstrom. Wikstrom was paralyzed after a swimming accident when he was just 21-years-old. He refused to let his love of art die, however, and taught himself to paint with his mouth.
“This museum gives encouragement and value to disabled artists,” he says. “It’s inspiring.”
MoSA will also hold classes for those interested in exploring their artistic skills. It is open from 12:00 to 4:00 Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit museumofspecialart.org.