Blackbird Arts Offers Scholarships for Inclusive Art Classes


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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:

  • Full and partial scholarships in ANY class for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

  • Assistance with accessible transportation to and from the studio.

  • Fieldtrip assistance for outreach to self-contained classrooms with children with special needs.

Blackbird Arts is an independent arts education studio that offers various classes for children, families, and adults of ALL Abilities. Registration for Fall Session is open, and classes will begin on September 30.  Click for more information.




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