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Now Available – The Latest Edition of The Motivator

Motivator magazine latest issue cover and imagery depicting people participating in artistic hobbies

Having a hobby can be one of the most rewarding aspects of day-to-day life. Discovering something that you are passionate about and can do in your free time is an invaluable way to enrich your life for the better.

In our latest edition of The Motivator magazine, “The Therapeutic Value of the Arts” is explored. In this cover story, we discuss how participating in the arts can benefit individuals both mentally and physically, leading to a more positive outlook and a better quality of life. Art therapists, music therapists, and other types of therapists have worked with individuals with MS and have achieved very positive results. Music, art, photography, and writing are all explored as avenues of creativity that members of the MS community can enjoy, no matter their skill level.

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Andrea McCallum – May 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Andrea McCallum of Elko, NV:

Andrea McCallum artwork entitled Tranquility for MSAA's Artist of the Month blog post
“Tranquility”

About the Artist – Andrea McCallum

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Eileen Dillon – April 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Eileen Dillon of Denver, CO:

Eileen Dillon artwork entitled Safe Harbor
“Safe Harbor”

About the Artist – Eileen Dillon

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Teresa Grzeslo – March 2022 Artist of the Month

MSAA is very proud to introduce our 2022 Art Showcase, celebrating the work of nearly 50 artists affected by MS.

We received many wonderful submissions from across the country and we are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you.

Each month, we highlight one artist as our Artist of the Month. This month – our first month of the 2022-23 MSAA Art Showcase – we are proud to feature artist Teresa Grzeslo of Lake Villa, IL:

“Night Sky Spectacular”

About the Artist – Teresa Grzeslo

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Hope Angel – February 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Hope Angel of Seattle, WA:

Hope Angel Artist of the Month artwork entitled Spiaggia
“Spiaggia”

About the Artist – Hope Angel

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Deborah Tomushunas – January 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Deborah Tomushunas of Marietta, NY:

Deborah Tomushunas Artist of the Month's artwork entitled Savannah Trolley
Savannah Trolley

About the Artist – Deborah Tomushunas

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Kelsey Davis – December 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Kelsey Davis of Wilton, NH:

Kelsey Davis painting entitled Cosmic Night
“Cosmic Night”

About the Artist – Kelsey Davis

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Giovanni Arroyo – November 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Giovanni Arroyo of Lake in the Hills, IL:

Giovanni Arroyo artwork entitled Long Night in Madrid
“Long Night in Madrid”

About the Artist – Giovanni Arroyo

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Tom Burzinski – October 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Tom Burzinski of Rochester, MN:

Tom Burzinski artwork entitled "Me, Myself, and I" as part of MSAA's Art Showcase
“Me, Myself, and I”

About the Artist – Tom Burzinski

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Barbara Dixon – September 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Barbara Dixon of Woodstock, GA:

Barbara Dixon created this artwork entitled "Table Manners"
“Table Manners”

About the Artist – Barbara Dixon

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