Live Art: Love

(Rochester, NY) – In Live Art: Love, 200 students of all abilities representing the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's (SPARC) “Live Art” program perform alongside nationally renowned artists and musicians in an unforgettable night of music, dance and visual arts. Live Art: Love, part of WXXI and the Golisano Foundation's Move to Include initiative that uses the power of public media to promote inclusion captures their journey. It airs Thursday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV

SPARC’s "Live Art" program integrates a performing arts curriculum with special education. Youth with and without developmental disabilities work together in a variety of performing and visual arts classes throughout the year, culminating in a final concert for the community celebrating the importance of human connection. While preparing and rehearsing, the students build powerful relationships and gain understanding and appreciation for one another’s talents and abilities. The program features performances by Jason Mraz (a SPARC alum), Sara Bereilles, Josh Groban and Michael McDonald.

More about Move to Include: 
Move to Include was launched in 2014 as a local partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include in Rochester. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the initiative a $645,000 grant to help expand the multimedia initiative to these five public media organizations over 16 months. The stations are creating programming to meet their community needs while expanding awareness regionally and nationally.

With more than 15 years of experience in programming and producing disability-related content, WXXI is leading a collaboration of partner stations: WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse), and Iowa Public Television. Each station will work to organize community partnerships, acquire and create content, and provide outreach, engagement, and promotion for the initiative. They will also contribute content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students free of charge.

The national project kicks off July 2020 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To learn more about the national endeavor, visit MovetoInclude.us

Pictured: Program graphic
Credit: www.sparcrichmond.org/liveart/

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