Ben Hillman & Company has just completed a film for CATA (Community Access to the Arts) describing their remarkable A.R.T. program. A.R.T. (Artistic Realization Technologies) is a painting technique that provides people with severe physical disabilities the opportunity to paint with the assistance of laser pointers and trained trackers acting as the hands of the artist.
We shot several A.R.T. sessions in which disabled artists — who cannot hold a brush in their hands — were able to create stunning works of art by providing instructions to “trackers” — trained artists who act as intermediaries, following the instructions of the disabled artists. Footage of these sessions, in combination with interviews with the artists and their trackers, allowed us to make a portrait of these severely disabled people whose creativity would otherwise remain unknown.
The A.R.T. program is offered by CATA (Community Access to the Arts). CATA nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.