Posts Tagged ‘arts and ability’


The Joy of Community Inclusive Theater !

Monday, Feb. 25  Firestorm Cafe  6-8 p.m.

See  A New Kind of Listening, a profoundly moving film about an experimental theater group that includes people with and without disabilities. Then experience a performance by Interweave Asheville, Fringe Arts award-winning inclusive improv ensemble, followed by a talkback with the performers and co-producer of the film.

Free and open to the public.Wheelchair accessible. Film is captioned.

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REGISTRATION NECESSARY Arts Access NC and VSA SOUTH CAROLINA: The State Organization on Arts and Disability are hosting an artist residency and workshop focused on including people with disabilities in the arts.

FREE WORKSHOP, OPEN TO YOU: On Sunday May 22, 2011, from 3-5 p.m., at The Artery, 346 Depot St. Asheville, NC 28801, VSA SC teaching artist LaVone Griffin will lead a workshop designed to give community members ideas and approaches to working with people with a variety of disabilities through their particular artistic discipline or program. The workshop is free and open to the public, but requires registration:

REGISTER: polly.medlicott@gmail.com (828) 775-6333.

As a Drama Therapist and Performing Artist, Mr. Griffin has served communities throughout the United States and abroad with a focus on disability needs within a community. Mr. Griffin is a recipient of The National League of Cities Outstanding Community Arts Program Award (2006). Mr. Griffin received his BA in Drama Therapy from Evergreen State College, and his Master’s Degree in Theater Arts from Wayne State University.

This project is made possible through a Collaborative Innovative Grant from VSA International presented to the ten-state VSA Southern Region. Arts Access is a North Carolina non-profit dedicated to making the arts accessible to people with disabilities and seeks to form a statewide inclusive arts coalition.

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I’m incredibly disappointed to miss this, as I will be out of town.  I hope some of you might find this meaningful enough to attend and pass along the knowledge that surely will be shared.  The union of art history and disability studies, lovely.  Click the image for more information.


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You are invited to a screening of the film ” A New Kind of Listening”
Thursday, October 28, 12:00 – 1:30
Intercultural Center, Highsmith Student Union, Room 114, UNC Asheville
Polly Medlicott will speak about the making of the film from 12:00 – 12:20 with the showing of the movie beginning at 12:20.
A New Kind of Listening is an hour-long documentary by NC filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer which takes us inside the  creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, as director Richard Reho inspires cast members, some with disabilities, to be writers, actors and dancers in an original collaborative performance piece.
In the process, Chris, who has never spoken a word and has been mislabeled “profoundly mentally retarded”, breaks through into stunning self-expression.
Together they prove that a small community arts initiative has the power to transform lives.

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Thank you to Jason Sandford at the Mountain Xpress for this story.

I hope to see you all at this free film screening and donation-requested workshop this Sunday and Monday.  For those of you who believe we need to support development of a “whole community” here in Asheville, where all are included, welcome and supported, please join us.

When Chris Mueller-Medlicott joined a unique Durham theater group in 2005, it sparked a major breakthrough.

Richard Reho, director of the Community Inclusive Theater Project, invited the young man with cerebral palsy to take part in a production. The experience brought Mueller-Medlicott new friends and a new voice, in the form of an assisted-typing method that helped him communicate.
“In the context of the theater group, he just blossomed, and he found a way to communicate,” says his mother, Polly Medlicott. Her son wound up becoming co-director of the project. “It was just an amazing experience for him in what turned out to be the last year of his life.”

Learn more about the documentary film that came out of this experience as well as when and and where the film is being screened for FREE in Asheville (hint: it’s March 7 at 7 p.m. at Jubilee).  More of this story here.

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Please mark your calendar and join me for this free film screening about arts and ability in Asheville on Sunday, March 7 at Jubilee.  If you want to live in a community where all members are included, where the arts and education help bridge differences, and where your sister, brother, cousin, or neighbor who happens to live with disability is part of creating our community, join us.

Watch the trailer:

A New Kind of Listening is the story of a visionary director, a one-of-a-kind theater group, and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life.

After the screening, the local organizers will be collecting information of those interested in being part of a larger community arts and ability initiative.  Playback Theatre and NC Stage Company are both on board and we hope you will join us also.  A workshop, “Connecting Authentically to People Who Live with Disability” will be held on March 8 from 7-9 p.m. at Jubilee as well.  A $10 donation is recommended and please contact Polly Medlicott to reserve your space, medlicottpolly@yahoo.com.

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