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Advocacy Through the Arts
Advocacy Through the Arts is a multi-disciplinary project that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to be heard and understood, to build confidence, execute self-expression,and promote self-advocacy through multi-media forms of art.
Friends Life Community is hosting an encore presentation of Advocacy Through the Arts at Troutt Theater – Belmont University. Advocacy Through the Arts is a multi-disciplinary project that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to be heard and understood, to build confidence, execute self-expression, and promote self-advocacy through multimedia
forms of art. The project, partially funded by Metro Arts and The Snow Family Charitable Fund, culminates in a 60-minute showcase of 10 segments, each segment a snapshot into the life of the artist, written and created by them. The showcase includes film, live performance, video projection, visual art, costume design, dance, music, and more.
“Advocacy Through the Arts captures the story of each friend revealing them in such a unique, clever, loving, sometimes funny, and glorious way.”- parent of artist Friend. “It’s been inspiring and empowering to watch this project develop; I am in awe of the genuine talent and personal growth of each artist and truly impressed with their final products,” said Waverly-Ann Harris, executive director of Friends Life. “Many adults with special needs are never exposed to an arts education and struggle to find common language to self-advocate and to be understood. Advocacy Through the Arts is a collaboration between the visual and performing arts program at Friends Life in which the participants are given full autonomy to express themselves as the creative, confident, beautiful individuals they are. Our hope is that this project will help our artists be recognized and included as a part of Nashville’s thriving creative community.”
The evening will open with a showcase of one-of-a-kind artwork created by the Friends, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Artwork and handcrafted merchandise will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the individual artists and Friends Life Community.
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The doors open at 3pm for the Friends’ annual art sale. The art sale is free and open to the community. The ticketed performance starts at 4pm.