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Removing Barriers Through Creativity

This panel discussion will focus on the role creativity plays in the lives of artists who face various challenges  as well as in the work of individuals who create lenses through which we view others whose challenges may not be visible to the eye.

Panelists include artist Jon Sarkin whose experience of a life-altering stroke resulted in prolific creativity due to the damage to his brain. Dancer Kris Lenzo  lost his legs in an industrial accident. He shares his journey from wheelchair athlete to being a leader in the Chicago dance community for individuals with and without disabilities. A short documentary about Kris, "Ripped" will also be presented. Artist Lynda Cuttrell is behind the 99 Faces Project, a series of photos without labels: 33 individuals are on the bi-polar spectrum, 33 individuals are on the schizophrenia spectrum and 33 are individuals who love them. Lisa Bibeau, assistant dean of disability services at Salem State rounds out the panel. 

The morning will also include the presentation of  "Day by Day", created by student filmmakers Ben Hoskings and Ray Bernoff from Tufts University's Dept. of Film and Media Studies. This short documentary is about six Tufts students' experiences as artists living with disabilities. 

Admission is free. 

Additional programming: 

Jon Sarkin presents his multimedia performance Unchained Brain in the Recital Hall at 7:30 pm on March 19. 

99 Faces Project  is on display in the Berry Library through summer 2018. 

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When 12:30pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Room 275
Karen A Gahagan

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