Attendees "Gain Insight" from 6 x 6 Inclusion Event

"Event was an awesome way to see what is happening in Rhode Island and the connection of artists to the history and culture of our state--as well as how they contribute to both healing and learning.  It gave me lots of ideas of  how I can incorporate artists into my workplace as a tool for enrichment and growth."    Administrator/Educator

Post 6x6 presentations; attendees enjoy fellowship and swapping ideas.  Held at the Gamm Theatre February 6, 2017.

Post 6x6 presentations; attendees enjoy fellowship and swapping ideas.  Held at the Gamm Theatre February 6, 2017.

On February 6, artists, community members, teachers, and healthcare professionals gathered at the Gamm Theatre for the 4th in a series of 6x6 events.  6 x 6 is a fast-paced educational event where 6 teaching artists present for 6 minutes each. We gathered at 5:30 for some snacks, then at 6 heard the wonderful variety of presentations, had time for Q & A with each presenter, and then rounded out the evening till 8 with conversation and networking.  This month’s topic was inclusion. Each presenter added his or her unique perspective on topics such as:

  • the dramatic reading of a letter written by a young person in an institution,
  • thoughts about language,
  • what ability or disability means
  • being welcomed to the land of the Narragansett people.

6 x 6 is designed to inform and motivate teaching artists, as well as the communities they work with--learning, making, inspiring and healing

Presenters included:

  • Rachel Balaban, Dance for People with Parkinson's Coordinator
  • Len Cabral, international storyteller and children's book author
  • Jeannine Chartier, Executive Director of VSA Arts Rhode Island, an organization promoting active inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts
  • Loren Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum and author published in a variety of publications such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England
  • Melodie Thompson, storyteller, special education teacher, Founding Director of Worship Arts Restoration
  • Valerie Tutson, Founding Member and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers and director of FUNDA FEST.