A Fierce Kind of Love: Connecting Communities through Story and Dialogue

1/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
2/13: Installation view of Here: Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
3/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
4/13: David Bradley and Suli Holum, playwrights for A Fierce Kind of Love, at a rehearsal. Courtesy of Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities.
5/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
6/13: Ensemble of A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Christy Beck.
7/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
8/13: The cast of A Fierce Kind of Love in rehearsal. Courtesy of Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities.
9/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
10/13: Edith and Nicki take part in Lives Lived Apart, part of the programming around A Fierce Kind of Love. Courtesy of Temple University Institute on Disabilities.
11/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Stephen Crout. Pictured: playwright Suli Holum and actor Michael McClendon.
12/13: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
13/13: Evie and Helen take part in Lives Lived Apart, part of the programming around A Fierce Kind of Love. Courtesy of Temple University Institute on Disabilities.

Advocates in Pennsylvania played a significant role in the fight for disability rights, but these stories are largely unknown. A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play by theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley, will recount these untold stories, revealing how past activism has informed present-day issues. The play is part of a series of public programs that will address questions of equity and inclusion, as well as issues around institutionalization, in order to generate public discussion beyond the disability community. The project as a whole is based on oral histories and interviews with advocates and self-advocates from the disability rights movement. The play’s cast will include people with intellectual disabilities. The Institute on Disabilities received a 2012 Discovery Grant for the planning of A Fierce Kind of Love.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.

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Grants & Grantees

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

This world premiere will integrate contingency—accident, chance, and improvisation—into the ensemble’s physical theater style, with live music by composer and Pew Fellow Bhob Rainey.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jens Hoffmann is the deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

Bristol Riverside Theatre is a vibrant, engaged community theater in the northeast reaches of the Philadelphia area.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Elizabeth (Elee) Wood, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a practitioner and scholar in the field of informal and non-formal learning in museums and community settings. She served as a Center heritage panelist in 2012.

The Barnes Foundation’s Center-funded exhibition, Yinka Shonibare: Magic Ladders, was highlighted in The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.

WHYY’s NewsWorks recently aired a segment on Mural Arts Program’s upcoming project with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Master improviser, classical conductor, and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is recognized for his extraordinary vocal range and technique.

In 2011, the award-winning writer, director, and actor became the Center’s first visiting artist. His residency functioned as a creative exchange between a working artist and the Center’s staff, constituents, and communities.