The instructors at Blackbird Arts in Traverse City believe we all have creative gifts to share--regardless of limitations. "Inclusive arts is a philosophy, rather than a specific program. We strive to treat children and adults as individuals rather than with a label and believe that by building inclusive programs and exploring the needs of each person, we all benefit artistically," shared Melissa Johnson.
"Too often, children and adults with disabilities have been marginalized in our community. I've heard some heartbreaking stories from parents and students where they've been excluded, taunted and worse. The arts are a great equalizer," Johnson says. "I work with adults with disabilities who are activists and advocates; they've really helped to educate me about how their disabilities don't define who they are or what they can do. Inclusive programming is empowering for everyone."
Through a generous grant from the Michigan Disbailities Rights Coaltion, Blackbird Arts offers:
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