An explosion of color, painted on expansive canvases with hand and foot prints, wheelchair tracks and even the swoop of a service dog’s tail spoke volumes at an art exhibition. “Wheels of Friendship,” featured seven paintings joyfully created by young people with disabilities, their classmates from local schools and thousands of visitors to The Crayola Factory in Easton. The project was made possible by a generous grant from Crayola.
One of the canvases, “The Colors of Friendship,” was made by children who painted with their finger and thumb prints. It is being donated to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem by Crayola in partnership with Kim Resh, founder of Mikayla’s Voice, a local nonprofit organization that develops and supports inclusive programs that educate, inspire and empower children of all ages and abilities.
Mikayla, the 18-year-old daughter of Kim and Michael Resh of Nazareth, is the inspiration behind Mikayla’s Voice. She has had permanent brain damage since infancy and comes to Good Shepherd’s outpatient pediatric program for ongoing evaluation.
“When Crayola suggested gifting the final artwork to the pediatric unit of a local hospital, I immediately suggested Good Shepherd because they help patients overcome any challenges their disabilities might present so they can live full and inclusive lives,” says Kim.