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  • Inside/Out: Kinetic Light At Jacob’s Pillow

    Posted Tuesday July 31 2018 at 5:47 pm

    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
    FREE!
    Jacob's Pillow
    358 George Carter Road
    Becket MA, 01223
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    Donna Folan's "Thigh High Boots, a Scooter, and a Stage" Premieres at Wheelock Family Theatre

    Posted Wednesday May 30 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Donna Folan - mouth covered by yellow caution tape

    "Thigh-high Boots, a Scooter, and a Stage", a play about the life of 2017 Boston Foundation LAB (Live Arts Boston) Grant recipient Donna Folan, premieres June 1, 2018 at Wheelock Family Theatre.

    This new play is about the life of Boston actress and VSA teaching artist Donna Folan.  She is founder of Access to Theatre, the award-winning, inclusive theatre program with Partners for Youth with Disabilities, and her belief in creative expression and passion for inclusive theater practices also imbues her company, Until Tomorrow Productions.

    Written and directed by Susan Kosoff, "Thigh-high Boots, a Scooter, and a Stage" presents a bias-breaking, assumption-kicking story of a woman driven by the practice of theater.  The play is performed by Folan and interpreted in American Sign Language by Jody Steiner.

    "Donna is that charismatic, slightly deranged storyteller you should probably report to the PC police, if you could only stop laughing." – John Bay; actor, director, educator, colleague and fan.

    "A feisty bad a** truth teller" – Jeremy Alliger; Executive Director, Alliger Arts.

    Buy tickets - June 1, 2018 7:30pm show

    Buy tickets - June 3, 2018 3:00pm show

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    And Our New Director of Programs is . . . (drum roll please)

    Posted Tuesday January 16 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Portia Abernathy Brown

    The VSA MA family is thrilled to welcome Portia Abernathy Brown to the team, as our new Director of Programs!  In this new position, Portia will be overseeing programming both in our Education and Cultural Inclusion programs, as well as supporting development efforts.

    Personally and professionally, Portia is committed to VSA's mission to promote the meaningful inclusion of all people in our cultural community and could not be more excited to have the opportunity to do the work she loves with a team that shares her enthusiasm and passion.

    Portia was inspired early on by a family member with a disability to pursue a career in special education.  She began working for Denver Public Schools as an Affective Needs teacher for students with Social and Emotional disabilities.  In the classroom, she drew on her own background and students' interests to infuse the arts into the curriculum to deepen learning, increase engagement, support self-expression, and connect with general education peers.  It was clear from those experiences how powerful the arts are as levers for equity, access, community, creativity, learning, and inclusion.

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