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Performance Making Workshop for People with Disabilities
February 14, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Join artist Alison Bergblom Johnson to make a performance about our lives.
Community Gatherings: Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, & Mar 7, 2:30-4:30pm in-person at Mixed Blood Theatre, remote options via Zoom or phone;
Community Performance: Mar 18, 2-3pm at Powderhorn Park Rec Center
Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/3v737792
People with Disabilities are invited to gather to tell stories, to connect and to make a short theater piece exploring our experiences during the pandemic, lockdown, uprising and beyond. People who live in or are connected to the Powderhorn Park neighborhood are particularly invited to participate.
During the gatherings in February and March we will explore our stories, explore connections between different experiences, add in movement, musicality, play, rhythm, props and other technical elements as the community desires. The Feb/March gatherings may be attended in-person at Mixed Blood’s theater remotely via Zoom or via telephone.
We will make every effort to accommodate community members needs: including via access supports, transportation assistance, gift cards for essentials available at each event. Please let us know what you need to participate and we will do our best to accommodate. Participants with any level of artmaking or theater experience are welcome to participate. People who have no theater experience are welcome too.
To sign up to participate please fill out the google form: https://tinyurl.com/3v737792. If this is a barrier for you, please call or email Alejandro Tey at 612.451.4466 or [email protected]
Join us at the intersection of art and community as Mixed Blood partners with 12 artists—from ice skaters and poets to chefs and theater makers—working in and with 12 Twin Cities neighborhoods to create short performances that reflect each community. Partnering with individuals and organizations, the artistic reflections will highlight the stories and diversity of our communities. Each piece is performed twice: once in the community where it is created and again at Mixed Blood, when all twelve communities will come together in a performance festival.
DISABILITIES (PERFORMED IN POWDERHORNPARK)
A collaboration with and about folks with varying disabilities from across the Metro Area, it is estimated that at least 12% of the state’s population experience disability. 32 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this community immerses itself in the values of the Disability Rights and Disability Justice movements—embracing the rallying cry of, “Nothing About Us Without Us.”
The Powderhorn Park neighborhood is known for the 66-acre park for which it is named, as well as events like the Powderhorn Art Fair and the May Day Festival & Parade. Although it has the dubious distinction of being where George Perry Floyd, Jr. was heinously murdered; it is one of four neighborhoods that abut George Floyd Square. Powderhorn activists, artivists, organizers, and organizations strive to ensure that George Floyd Square is resourced and cared for in a manner that meets the local and global calls for justice in all forms.
ALISON BERGBLOM JOHNSON
Alison Bergblom Johnson is an artist whose work crosses media and genre, exploring disability, identity, and joy. She collaborates with community care and art organizations from small grassroots endeavors (some examples: Fresh Eye Gallery, Strike Theater) to very large, established institutions, (for example: the Wilder Foundation, Springboard for the Arts, the Walker Art Center). Her genres and media include essays, collage, and storytelling. She is an artist, a writer, a performer, an artist organizer, a consultant, and a teaching artist.