Among those of us who care deeply for and about people with developmental disabilities, I hope to hear emerge a new voice, ours, rising together for the benefit of all, harmonizing with reason, respect and hope, and transcending divisions, giving birth to a new era of creative cooperation.

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Monday, April 26, 2010


Hybrid Day Care
Professional Arts Center

Here are excerpts from an MPP Downtownjournal article by Gregory Scott about a program that, without even trying, seems to both stretch and challenge the concept of community inclusion!

"A hybrid day care and professional arts center, Interact admits people with disabilities on a selective basis. Those accepted train professionally in performance and visual art, studying with an Interact staff made up exclusively of artists, musicians, writers and actors, all of who currently work in Minneapolis. Right now, Interact serves more than 90 clients. It is the only day care facility in the nation to offer professional opportunities to the disabled in both the visual and performing arts."

"Since the early 1980s, Calvit has been putting artists with mental illnesses, brain injuries and physical and developmental disabilities on stage, producing aggressive theater pieces that ........"

I came away from the article with mixed feelings. See what you think. To read the full article, just click on the title of this post.