Patricia Pasbrig’s only interaction with the world was through art for ten years; by 40 years old she was completely deaf. She was isolated from communicating with the outside world. Locked in her mind and her home, she lost confidence to branch out and start a new life in Arizona when she moved. As a recluse, she immersed herself in art, making two pieces a week. Finally, she got a cochlear implant which allowed her to learn to hear again! As she explored Arizona, she met a woman who connected her to the Milan Art Institute. Patricia drove to MAI and sat in her car, working up the courage to walk into an environment where she knew no one. Since then Patricia has blossomed into herself again. She volunteers at the Milan Art Institute once a week and attends classes regularly. She plans on participating in the Mastery Program at the Milan Art Institute to further develop her artistic skills and help others overcome their fears. Patricia’s desire is to use the power of art to bring confidence and a voice to the deaf.
Our Mastery Program begins in just a few weeks, September 14th. Inspired by Patricia, the Milan Art Institute is currently running a scholarship campaign to help people afford this life changing experience. John and Elli Milan, founders of the Milan Art Institute, are seeking your support to help people fulfill their goals as artists. Please consider a minimum donation of $100, and in return, you will receive an original painting of a tree by John and Elli Milan. In the first week we sold 7 paintings – now in our third week we have sold 40! Our goal is 100 trees by September 7th. Milan Art Institute is asking YOU: Make a Pledge, Plant a Seed!