Ever since she was a small child, Priscella Brown has had a passion for art. She loved it so much, it was her major in college. After graduating, she wanted to share her gift with children from the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita.
That’s where Priscella is teaching a very special group of young artists. The kids use a dab of determination here and a stroke of genius there to create their masterpieces.
Every month, Priscella teaches her students who are intellectually disabled the beauty of art.
“It is how they express themselves and how they get excited when they see their final project. It is how they express themselves in different ways,” said Brown.
Priscella is a regular volunteer at the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita. It is a place where art is used to help children with their emotional, physical, and social skills.
“It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, it’s never that bad. They always come in here with a smile on their face you know. They always teach you to be grateful of life,” said Brown.
Priscella says the lessons are also improving the kid’s communication and mobility capabilities. She says it is a lot of hard work, but the results are overwhelming.
“It is very rewarding, like I said you learn so much from them through their experiences. They’re always grateful they come in here enthusiastic,” said Brown.
According to Priscella, families can tell a difference to.
“So, it’s always great, parents always love what we create each time,” said Brown.
Some might call Priscella a hero for what she does.
“I don’t consider myself a hero. I learn just as much from them as they learn from me,” said Brown.
Hero or not, it’s her love for the the kids and her passion for art that will keep her coming back.
“As long as I can, as long as I can, I want to continue to do this,” said Brown.
The public will have a chance to bid on some of the artwork created by the children at the 15th Annual Buddy Walk coming up on October 13, benefiting the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita.
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