Since disability is not an obstacle (for them) to get achievement.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini expects more opportunities to be provided to people with disabilities to enable them to explore their skills in arts and other creative works.

The minister made the statement while attending the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (HDI) Expo 2022 here on Friday where 36 paintings created by people with disabilities were sold successfully.

"We strive to give space to our children and friends (with disabilities). Thus, they can work creatively according to their own talents. This time, we invite you (the attendances of the expo) to buy their works (the paintings), so they can survive and continue their livelihood," she stated.

The expo showcased several potential talents as well as creative economy products made by people with disabilities, such as paintings, dance forms, processed food and snacks, traditional clothing, handicrafts, as well as accessibility aids for disabled persons.

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Some 60 paintings are displayed at the expo with various themes, ranging from abstract, landscape, to caricature paintings. A total of 36 paintings were sold for Rp340.2 million, comprising 18 auctioned paintings and 18 non-auction paintings.

The minister noted that the 18 auctioned paintings were sold for a total of Rp245 million.

Rismaharini stated that the entire money obtained from the auction will be handed over to the respective artists.

The minister noted that the painting exhibition and auction had been held for the second time.

She explained that the auction was held to improve the economic condition of the artists with disabilities.

She is upbeat that all people with disabilities would continue to work enthusiastically.

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"Since disability is not an obstacle (for them) to get achievement," she remarked.

Prior to the implementation of the auction in 2022, the minister said that the Social Affairs Ministry could obtain about Rp400 million in the 2021 auction.

"I see that there are less participants (than last year), but hopefully, they will achieve more results. Once again, (the implementation of this auction aims to enable artists) to continue their lives," she remarked.

The United Nations has designated December 3 as International Day of Disabled Persons.

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Translator: Devi Ramadhan, Uyu Liman
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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