Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Inspiring Mouth Painter, Mariam Paré, Demonstrates True Meaning of National Disability Employment Awareness Month October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in and Mariam Paré wants to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate the able bodied about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. As a 20-year-old college-level art student, Mariam Paré dreamed of a career making art. But Mariam’s dream diverted tragically off course when she was caught in a cross-fire of gang violence. Shot in the back, the attack left Mariam a quadriplegic; permanently unable to walk with significant loss of use of her upper extremities. It was during a long period of rehabilitation that Mariam was taught to hold a pencil in her mouth to write her name. Soon, her dreams were given new life as she began painting with her mouth. Thanks to the financial support of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), Mariam and hundreds of artists are able to follow their dreams and earn a living while creating beautiful works of art.
Time lapse video of Mariam painting by mouth of David Bowie:
You can also read about her experience meeting Pierce Brosnan at his home to deliver a portrait (of Bond) she painted for him: http://www.mariampare.com/single-post/2014/10/17/Meeting-Pierce-Brosnan
MFPA USA has launched their new website. Click here to learn more about MFPA, other artists like Mariam, and support their cause: https://mfpausa.com/.