Institute on Disabilities at Temple Awarded an 'Exhibits and Public Interpretation Grant' from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

June 29, 2014

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Image courtesy IOD at Temple
Image courtesy IOD at Temple

The Institute on Disailities at Temple University, College of Education, was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on June 16, 2014 for A Fierce Kind of Love: A community Conversation in Performance, Image, Story and Dialogue.

In 2012, with support from the Pew Center for Artsw and Heritage, the Institute began the development of A Fierce Kind of Love (AFKOL), a play inspired by Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. Written by Obie-nominated theatre artist Suli Holum and directed by Philadelphia director David Bradley, AFKOL is the centerpiece of a comunity history and civic dialogue project, offering multiple ways to interpret the rich history and prevailing issues of people with intellectual disabilities. The play will premiere in April of 2016; a yearlong series of coordinated community events will precede the play, and offer multiple points of entry into the history, themes, and interpretaion at the heart of this project.

"With this additional support from the Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage, the Institute can continue to tell a heretofore untold civil rights story, says Celia Feinstein, Co-Exective Director of the Institute on Disabilities. "Reaching audiences through live performance and other events will help to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities - a core objective of the Institute.

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