A Fierce Kind of Love: "Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services"

19 - 23 Oct 2015
State Capitol Building, Main Rotunda, North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA

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Installation view of The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University's “Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services,” a public exhibit at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, on view October 19-23, part of the Center-funded project, A Fierce Kind of Love: Connecting Communities through Story and Dialogue. Photo by JJ Tiziou, courtesy of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

Advocates in Pennsylvania played a significant role in the fight for disability rights, but these stories are largely unknown. Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 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. A series of public programs will also address questions of equity and inclusion, as well as issues around institutionalization, in order to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services is the result of an oral history and photography project connecting Pennsylvanians with and without intellectual disabilities. Interview excerpts and photos make up this public exhibit at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, one of a series of exhibits and events coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The show includes accounts of present day life in State Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities, and sheltered workshops, addressing questions of equity and inclusion.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1- 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Main Rotunda, Harrisburg