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Arts Professionals Explore “Inspired” Inclusivity

The innovative arts access network Uarts will officially launch with the Inspire Conference on March 22nd at 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference will be held at the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities on the University of Saint Joseph campus located at 1678 Asylum Avenue West Hartford, CT.                       

”Inspire” is a unique conference on creative abilities that will develop a new network for the state’s creative work force and programs.  The Gengras Center, National Theatre of the Deaf, Second Step Players, several dance organizations, the university’s Art Gallery, and Unified Arts and the State of Makers are among several participants that will offer workshops in teaching and performing.

The conference was developed by Dr. Robert Smith, director of the arts center at Saint Joseph, and Eileen Carpinella, Executive Director of Arts for Learning Connecticut in Hamden.  Carpinella noted that Arts for Learning Connecticut uses a roster of professional artists to engage participants of all ages and abilities in learning creatively through the arts.  The Bruyette Athenaeum has featured artists with disabilities in annual programming, and is an accessible facility that supports audiences with disabilities.

According to Smith, the conference will address “not only using the arts to support learning and rehabilitation, but also persons with disabilities as participants in dance, theatre, music, and visual arts as a life choice.”  Carpinella added that ”inquiry into multiple arts disciplines stimulates lifelong learning and creativity.”

Margaret Bodell, CVO of CreateHereNow,  a program promoting placemaking throughout Connecticut with a grant from the ArtPlace Foundation, regards the conference as “a launch pad for UArts,” a new initiative of her program, the Bruyette Athenaeum, and Arts for Learning.  UArts is funded by the National Artists with Disabilities Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased through the box office by calling 860-231-5555 or online at USJ.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door.                                                                

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