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  • Meet the Program Fellow - Lauren Shron

    Posted Wednesday October 10 2018 at 1:59 pm in Education

    Lauren Shron - Program Fellow

    Hello, I'm Lauren!  I'm originally from Sudbury, MA and recently graduated in May from Syracuse University.  (And here's me in Sydney, Australia where I studied abroad for 4 months!)  This year, I'm in the Language and Literacy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the Ed.M. 2019 class.

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "Dancing!  I love, love, love to dance and I teach classes in my free time.  I also enjoy making homemade popcorn and watching the Patriots! :)"

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "Wanda from The Fairly OddParents - she is funny, she can fly and has amazing pink hair!"

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "1. Pizza (YUM!)  2. Hammock (To relax and watch the waves)  3. My brother's dog named Milo (Buddy to play fetch and swim with)"

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "I can sing all of the states in alphabetical order, I sew blankets for family and friends, and I can make origami sail boats."

    What brings you to VSA?
          "VSA combines the two things I am most passionate about: inclusive education and the arts.  For the past four years, I studied Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and I have been a dancer and performer since elementary school.  I want to support educators to make their classrooms and practices inclusive for students of all abilities.  I believe that everyone who engages in inclusive education will benefit from it."

    What are you doing during your fellowship?
          "As a program fellow, my primary focus will be with the COOL Schools program.  I will help maintain communication within teaching teams as well as assist with data collection and social media."

    Inside/Out: Kinetic Light At Jacob’s Pillow

    Posted Tuesday July 31 2018 at 5:47 pm in News

    Wheelchair Dance

    Working in the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and social justice, Kinetic Light creates, performs, and teaches at the intersections of disability, dance, and race.  They present the work Under Momentum, which celebrates the joy of being in continuous motion, the allure of speed, and the beautiful futility of resisting gravity.  Performed on and around a set of exquisitely engineered ramps, this program of solos and duets ranges through explorations of balance, stillness, and falls as Kinetic Light's disabled dancers release into the forces of acceleration, gravity, and torque.  Dynamic grace and athleticism are on full display in these works.  Extraordinary partnering facilitated by the dynamic combination of slopes and wheels reveal the power of trust and the emotionally compelling relationships of bodies and technology.

    Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 6:15PM
    Jacob's Pillow
    358 George Carter Road
    Becket MA, 01223
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    "What I See" Exhibit by Dominic Killiany - Open Door Gallery @ Worcester Art Museum - Final 2 Weeks

    Posted Sunday July 15 2018 at 11:15 pm in Open Door Gallery

    Painting by Dominic Killiany

    Dominic Killiany is a 20-year-old man living with autism.  This interpretation of the world reflects his knowledge of order, balance, and symmetry with a touch of abstract expressionism in a symphony of color.  Dominic has exhibited at the Watertown Public Library in April 2014, 2016, and 2018.  His first solo show of 24 artworks was October, 2017 in Landau Gallery, Belmont Hill School, Belmont, MA.

    What I See is on view through July 30, 2018 at the Open Door Gallery in the Higgins Education Wing of the Worcester Art Museum.  You don't want to miss this stunning exploration of color, shape, and perception!

    Worcester Art Museum hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 4pm and the third Thursday of the month until 8pm.

    Learn more about Dominic by visiting his website.