Air date: February 23, 2012
Five days a week in downtown Rochester, artists of every age gather to make something special. They have all endured some disability or injury but the key word is endured. The place is called Paint A Miracle. Shelly: It began 26 years ago when my dad was hit by a drunk driver, and I think our family desperately wanted to know something good could come out of something so tragic. Shelly’s father, Dr. Dale Propson, was forced to give up a successful dental practice. He was lost, heartbroken, but an artist named Helen Cuniff encouraged him to paint what was in his heart. Dale: If I could think the first thing I painted was a bunch of balloons. Mitch Albom: what was that feeling when the painting was done? Dale: Quite good. I didn’t think it was that good but… LAUGHING. Propson, now an accomplished artist helped create Paint A Miracle with his family. It now hosts dozens of people facing challenges every day. Female Artist: There’s one of my pieces right there. Male Artist: This is a landscape I did. Mitch Albom: What are your thoughts on what your misfortune has led to in terms of good fortune for other people? Dale: I’m glad I had the misfortune. Because these people have got something that makes them feel better. A famous painter once said art is not what you see, but what you make others see. The folks at Paint A Miracle are making others see that disability does not mean inability, and in so doing, they give brilliant color to The Heart of Detroit.