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Friedman Place has been selected as a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts “Challenge America” grant to support a project in our Weaving Studio.  We join hundreds of arts and other organizations throughout the United States participating in arts oriented projects ranging from performances and exhibitions, to arts education programs, festivals and artist residencies.  Friedman Place is extremely proud of this accomplishment that recognizes the strength of our Therapeutic Weaving program and provides funding for us to take it in a new direction.

Our blind and visually impaired resident weavers will work with a guest artist - John Paul Morabito - to create a collaborative woven artwork, that will explore the topics of color and blindness.  John Paul Morabito is a widely exhibited artist who teaches Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was one of our weaving instructors’ teachers.  Together, they will explore what color means to them – as people with visual impairment, and create a woven piece of art (may be more than one!) that reflects their discussions.  The possibilities for the final work are as unlimited as our residents’ imaginations, we cannot wait to see what they come up with!  The unique work(s) of art will be displayed at an opening reception at Friedman Place, as well as being exhibited in public settings like local libraries, schools, and community centers so our resident artists can share their talents and stories with the community.

The NEA’s Challenge America grant is awarded for projects that extend the reach of arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities are limited by geography, ethnicity, economies, or disability.  This year the award was given to 138 projects spanning 42 states.  We’re very proud to receive this honor and can’t wait to share what is sure to be a remarkable work of art.  For updates on the work and exhibition be sure to subscribe to our email list and follow us on Facebook.

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