"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
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
- 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.