Jennifer writes her name on a chalkboard at Selinsgrove. Photo by JJ Tiziou

A 2017 Discovery Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage funds a yearlong exploration of how art, oral history, and inclusive collaboration can work to elicit, interpret, and share first-person experiences of institutionalization. Led by Lisa Sonneborn of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, this project builds on work we did together in 2014-2016 for Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services. Working together with a team of artists and thinking partners, including Donna Graves, Harrell Fletcher, Ruddy Roye, KC Chun Manning, Dan Keplinger, David Bradley, Maria T Rodriguez and Liz Green, we will collaborate with residents and staff at Selinsgrove to develop an artist's residency. More details soon! 

"An artist residency model takes shape in this public history project designed to illuminate the first-person narratives of people with intellectual disabilities and their experiences of institutionalization at Selinsgrove Center in Central Pennsylvania."