Champaign, Ill - Art is beautiful no matter how it is created. It is all accepted by the community.
Just as we should accept our neighbors from all walks of life. Evelyne Tardy, Cunningham Children's Home, Nancy Carter for Ebertfest, Artist Elijah Griffin share more about their upcoming art show.
Once known as the Champaign County Anti-Stigma Alliance, the Alliance for Inclusion and Respect is cultivating partners and opportunities to transform Champaign County into an inclusive, fully integrated community. We focus on challenging stigma and discrimination, raising awareness of access, disability, and diversity, and identifying venues for all members of our community to participate fully. We are committed to the belief that everyone is entitled to a good life, that every one of us is needed, and that every one of us has a valuable contribution to make.
The ALLIANCE has used the arts to initiate dialogue about acceptance and dignity and their effect of persons with disabilities, their loved ones, and the community itself.
The Alliance for Inclusion and Respect is a community collaboration which works to address and challenge the negative impact of stigma. The Alliance has used films as a way to increase dialogue about stigma and how it affects people with disabilities. The Alliance has also partnered with local entrepreneurs to broaden the audience for their talents.
Consider This: People who have disabilities and people who have behavioral health issues, whether chronic or acute or resulting from trauma, tend to live with stigma and discrimination. They have been separated – whether consciously, unconsciously, and at times willingly - from their ‘typically developing peers’ (if there is really such a thing). Discrimination can take subtle forms, including through loving labels such as ‘special.’ The result is still segregation of people and their gifts. For these people and their families, discrimination and exclusion can be painful, dis-empowering, and worse. For the community as a whole, what is the cost of remaining unable to imagine accessibility and inclusion?
Visit their art show during Ebertfest this Saturday, April 22nd.