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The Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society recently honored MossRehab’s Art Therapy department with their “Outstanding Special Event Award” for their new program which provides art therapy patients with monthly opportunities to take special, adaptive tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, create art based on what inspired them during their art therapy sessions, and then have their work displayed in the museum’s Education Corridor during an annual community partners exhibit called Bridges, as well as in MossRehab’s annual All About Art exhibition for world-renowned artists with disabilities.The partnership/program was a natural fit. MossRehab’s Art Therapy Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have long been dedicated to the important place art has--and should have--in the lives of all people, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities. MossRehab’s Art Therapy department, headed by art therapist Marya Camilleri, uses the art making process to help patients express themselves, cope with their new limitations, and develop fine motor skills and dexterity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has worked diligently to remove any barriers that would keep those with disabilities from enjoying the works in their collection by creating specially adapted tours, wheelchair accessibility, and workshops that allow those with disabilities to experience art and then create art themselves based on how it has inspired them. These initiatives at the museum are currently overseen by the manager of Accessible Programs, Street Thoma.The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Bridges exhibit, which will display the works by MossRehab’s art therapy patients as well as works by other community partners in the Education Corridor, runs from August 7 to September 22. Admission is free.(The next series our Philadelphia Museum of Art tours begins September 5. To learn more, contact Marya Camilleri at email@example.com. )