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Artist Gives Back To Boys & Girls Club
September 22, 2004

GILBERT, ARIZONA--The following five paragraphs are excerpts from a story in Wednesday's Arizona Republic:

All Brian Schwartz needed were a sharpened pencil and people who believed in him.

Today, the 22-year-old Gilbert artist is somewhat of a celebrity at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Children gather around the table to watch him sketch popular cartoon characters like Mickey, Donald or his all-time favorite, Bugs Bunny. Brian smiles when he underlines his signature.

His next project for the Boys & Girls Club is an indoor mural for the kids. Art, Brian said, is his way of giving back to a place that accepted him with "an open heart and clasping hand."

Brian, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, talks about his many friends at the Boys & Girls Club in Gilbert.

This is amazing, his mother Tracy, said, because when Brian was 18 months old, doctors didn't think he'd ever speak clearly.

Entire article:
"Boys & Girls Club pal" (Arizona Republic)

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