I’ve just started seeing notifications about SPARC’s Live Art concert that's scheduled for June 3rd this year. In case you don’t know about it: Live Art is an amazing celebration of the talent of young people regardless of developmental difficulties they might have. Started in 2011, the show always draws some incredible top-line talent and never fails to include some seriously heart-tugging moments.
The subtitle this year is “Love” and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful event. But it’s also months away.
No worries: for a preview of the magic that makes Live Art so awesome, you can attend the Dreamers Theater production of INSIDE CLOUD 9 at Firehouse next weekend.
Dreamers Theater is a troupe of young adults with various disabilities such as Aspergers Syndrome and other high functioning disorders or differences. Established in 2004, it was formed to create opportunities for young adults with disabilities to get involved with the arts and make theater with their peers.
INSIDE CLOUD 9 was commissioned by Firehouse and Dreamers from local writers Austin Nuckols and Katy Burke and it's part of the Acts of Faith festival. The show is kinda meta as it follows the performers involved in Dreamers Theater as they get ready to put on a performance. Last summer the show sold out two performances and we’re hoping just as many folks come out next Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 3-4).
I usually try to make some kind of bigger point or connect to some theme with these blog posts. The connection here is not an intellectual one but more of an emotional one. For years, I’ve heard the bad rap that millennials and Gen Z kids have received for their supposed self-centered attitudes, the coddling they received growing up, their technology obsession, and their inability to get “real jobs.” A couple of weeks ago I heard some great commentary from Adam Conover from the TV show “Adam Ruins Everything” who said: “What people say about millennials is the same thing they've said about every generation: Younger people are obsessed with technology, and selfish, and they're lazy, and they live with their parents...Guess what? That's 'cause they're young people!”
(And in this world where everything is connected, it’s worth mentioning that one of the writers and actresses on “Adam Ruins Everything” is Eliza Skinner, born in Richmond, sister of Emily, and a VERY funny comedian.)
Anyway, these past couple of weeks, as young people have grappled with a devastating tragedy, the power, passion and potential of our younger generations has been revealed. It’s exciting and inspiring and offers hope for the future.
Want to see a slice of that inspiration up close and in action? Put the date for Live Art on your calendar and, in the meantime, come out to Dreamers Theater this coming weekend. You’ll be glad you did.