The primary objective of the MFPA Association is to bring to the forefront the aesthetic creations of its disabled artists by providing them a platform to express their artistic talent. By offering financial support, the Association instills in its members a sense of freedom and dignity as well as an opportunity to earn an independent, honest and secure livelihood through the sale of their artwork reproduced in the form of greeting cards, calendars and other delightful merchandise.
The Association is constantly seeking promising new talent among the disabled who, perhaps, first take up painting as a form of therapy. MFPA invites anyone who has lost the use of their hands and paints by holding the brush in their mouth or with their feet, regardless of race, creed or color to join the organization.
The Association has three qualifying levels: Student Member; Associate Member and Full Member. The majority of artists are typically admitted as student members. Students are provided with a grant to pay for tuition, art materials, etc. in order to maintain the high standard of their artistic work. The students' work
are periodically reviewed by a panel of assessors until they achieve a standard which enables them to be accepted as Associate or Full members. The panel of assessors includes the serving MFPA President or his/her appointed delegate and two eminent and recognized able-bodied artists. When approved, the managing board can admit the new member/student, subject to ratification by the members at the next delegates' convention.
The objectives of the MFPA Association are:
- Find as many
mouth and foot painting artists as possible.
- Safeguard and promote the interests of the mouth and foot painting artists, improve their working and living conditions, promote and improve their artistic abilities and skills, in particular, by promoting the commercial use of their work.
- Grant scholarships to promote the development of mouth and foot painting artists.
- Collect and make available to its members or Student Members the literature and medical or other aids owned by the Association or by others.
- Organise exhibitions by mouth and foot painting artists.
- Collect, catalogue, and administer the works created by the members.