Creating an extraordinary artistic space where communities come
to pause, learn...and embrace the fellowship of persons with disabilities.
Once that happens, so much is possible.
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How does it work?
L. A. M. Project Components
Grassroots funding model
What communities should see this exhibition?
Immediate and long-term social change
Implementation capacitiesGift levels & perks
The exhibition will debut in New York City in 2016 and then tour throughout the U.S. This interactive model of mutual learning, once formalized, can tour domestically and abroad to the benefit of regional and local communities, connecting them to their own populations of individuals with disabilities.
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Photo from Disabled People's Movement, http://rawalpindi.olx.com.pk/disabled-people-s-movement-iid-8734362#A Major Gifts & Grassroots Funding Model
|The L.A.M. Director’s Vision
Welcome. I think the clearest way to convey where we are headed with the Look. At. Me. Project is to walk you through a recent conversation. I have a wonderful friend in Washington. Her 17-year-old daughter’s intellectual disability is compounded by physical and developmental disabilities that prevent her from seeing, hearing and swallowing. I recently asked her, "If we put an individual in front of a painting of her, what do they need to understand?" This was her response.
She went on to explain that the power of these disabilities pulls one into that purer reality. Once engaged with a person with a disability, one’s self-consciousness, one’s need to establish stature and to comply with established norms all fall away. In the immediacy of this consecrated relationship, those concerns have no negotiable part to play. To be with these people is to be instantly and necessarily unburdened of all that."I have come to believe that these individuals are 90% divine. She doesn’t know Peoplemagazine; these guys don’t know self-consciousness or maneuvering for stature or the gross penalty for flaunting cultural norms. She and they are free of all that."
That was my moment of revelation. Simple, welcome, and profound.
One of my favorite words is Kairos, a Greek word for "time." Its antecedent doesn't exist in English. It means "a moment in time that will never come again because of the integrity of the initiative in question, the caliber of the people gathered together, and the situational factors in place to do what must be done."
This is such a moment.
L.A.M. Project Director, 2014
II. Ongoing social change on 3 fronts
A. The Look. At. Me. Follow-up Curriculum