January 14, 2012

Mummies and Elvis. A match made in heaven.

Yesterday we went into the city.  We met with the director of a really cool arts program that seeks out children with disabilities.  It's an inclusive program that offers several classes covering a variety of performance arts--dance, singing, instrumentation.   It sounds really terrific--and, it's FREE!  There will be four teachers in each class--two who are trained in the arts field (dance teachers, musicians, etc) and two who have experience with diverse experience with children with developmental disabilities.  Half of the students will be typically developing.  At the end of the semester there will be a BIG SHOW, featuring Jason Mraz and many other performers, who will be sharing the stage with the students.  Hannah is VERY excited about this! She's signed up to join the Singing Hands choir (singing and signing) and the Modern Movement class.   The dance class is her favorite (even though she hasn't started it yet).  The modern dance performances will include computer sensors attached to the dancers that project color on the back wall of the theater during the dance. So cool!

And, there is a documentary crew that will be filming throughout the semester to make a film about how to make the arts accessible to children with disabilities.  Below is the preview.


After our meeting with the director, we went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.  It's our local art museum.  We go fairly regularly, since it's free.  In addition to their own extensive collections, they have traveling exhibits that require a fee--last year there was a terrific Picasso exhibit, which I saw with my friend Catherine (Lois's mom!).   The current exhibits are Mummies from the British Museum, and a photography exhibit of young Elvis, when he just signed his first record label.

The Mummy exhibit started with a 3-D movie!  We all liked that, but the rest of the exhibit was less interesting.  I guess after going the museum in Cairo, Kate and I were not impressed.  

Of course, Hannah was interested in the gift shop...

You KNOW that Hannah loved the Elvis exhibit!

Her souvenir choice was a pen in the shape of an electric guitar!


Sabrina Steyling said...

That video was truly inspiring! I have a feeling that Hannah will really enjoy those classes. And that documentary - wow! Sounds awesome. Enjoy!

Catherine said...

Wait - Was this the thing I sent you an email about? I had NO idea it was such an amazing opportunity??! WOWZA! And Jason Mraz? Get out of town. Count me in. I'm there. To see Hannah, of course. ;) And I'm glad the Elvis exhibit ROCKED!

Jess said...

The program sounds amazing! I'll be interested to see the documentary.

My husband I have been talking about getting our daughter involved in CYT-Christian Youth Theatre but we are just a little hesitant about her being the only child with a disability and the time commitment it will take. So we'll see, it's definitely on our prayer list!