Bravo, Mr. Odsess-Rubin, for making that effort!
- “District-A” is a grassroots effort to build community around the arts in Pleasant Ridge/Kennedy Heights. A very cool project and they’ve really embraced inclusion from the start. I got to meet with Maria Kreppel, who is on their board. She’s got a ton of enthusiasm for the neighborhood and a big vision. If you’re connected to Pleasant Ridge/Kennedy Heights in any way, I would encourage you to get in touch with Maria and see how you can be a part of things! Here’s a video of an interview with Maria regarding District-A and Theory of Mind.
- Maria connected me to Rising Star Studios in Covington. They are an arts studio for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I was happy to hear that they’ve started talking with Visionaries and Voices about collaboration. That would be terrific for both organizations and the artists they serve!
An interesting experience:
Barbara Bonar, who runs Rising Star, was at the play and introduced me to her daughter, Alex, who is an artist at Rising Star and (as you’ll see) excellent at starting conversations. Alex asked her mom if she could ask me “about the dwarves.”
I was a little confused, at first, but then she said “If I had a cold, I’d be ‘Sneezy.’ If you were one of the dwarves, which would you be?” Bridget quickly picked Happy, so I was left to choose between Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy, Doc or Bashful. We spent a few minutes discussing that, and I eventually settled on “Dopey,” but what a great question to get conversation started, huh?