|Unique and beautiful – that’s what
we all are.
I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts. Creating something out of a set of materials is fascinating to watch and invigorating to do. There’s a certain rush associated with completing some sort of project and actually having it turn out the way it’s supposed to.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that creative fields, like art, often have a huge dyslexic population. It’s thought that our dyslexia predisposes us to thinking in unorthodox ways, due to our unique information processing procedure.
Despite the fact that unique brand of creativity is behind inventions countless people use every day, the art all around us in architecture, clothing, product design and graphic art used on anything from movies to billboards, art is still a heavily frowned upon occupation.
Too often, brilliant minds are discouraged from honing their natural talents in favor of pursuing a ‘real’ career they may not like, or sticking to the status quo.
Artists may be able to find some local support, especially if they live near a larger city, but there are also a couple of places online that offer encouragement to artists of all ages. Here are a couple geared directly towards dyslexic artists.
Arts Dyslexia Trust – This non-profit organization is based in the UK, and it’s dedicated to supporting those dyslexics who are more visually oriented. According to the page, they also offer advisory services to those who are struggling with their education, training or finding work. Check out their gallery, if you visit the page. There are some very talented artists listed there, many with links to their web pages.
Dyslexic Creativity Facebook Community – I just joined this community, today. They accept pictures of their members’ artwork, along with a short message from the artist. If you look at their photos, you’ll find visual arts, rubber-band jewelry, textile art and even an amazing cake. So, “art” to them is far more than the traditional pictures and sculpture.
If you know of other artistic dyslexic communities, I’d love to check them out!