“Celebration Landscapes” Integrates Art With Self-Advocacy

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Signal Centers Adult Services, 109 N. Germantown Road, will be collaborating with area artists to host “Celebration Landscapes,” an artistic project designed to allow adults with disabilities to tell stories and express their journeys through puppetry and storytelling in a public performance to be held on the Friends Playground at Signal Centers on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Through funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission, local artists Lolly Durant and Colleen LaLiberte have provided hands on instruction of a variety of art techniques to encourage Signal Centers’ adult clients to practice many different social roles and celebrate their individuality.

Six groups of 3 to 6 adults have worked over the past year to write scripts, design storyboards, make puppets and rehearse.  Storylines range from fairy tales and detective to mystery and action.  Scripts often weave in personal stories yet reflect themes common of individuals of all abilities.  The project, enthusiastically received by participants, has cultivated independence, problem solving, social skills, and self-advocacy.

"Celebration Landscapes has given participants in our Adult Services the chance to tell their stories, express their feelings and relate their personal journey to others.   It has fostered connections and relationships in addition to creativity,” said CEO Donna McConnico.

The performance is free and open to the public.


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