LiveConnections' Bridge Sessions and in-school residencies provide interactive educational opportunities for youth from city schools & people with disabilities.


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We prioritize accessibility for people with disabilities through Bridge Sessions, workshops & live webcasts.

Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 02:15

"I loved this. The music was good. The dance was good. It picked up my day."
-Ellen, Liberty Resources (a Center for Independent Living)  

This season we're using video, live performances and hands-on workshops to reach populations with limited access to live music. In partnership with our friends at Art-Reach, we've been piloting programming for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. The program has "picked up" everyone's day, giving underserved audiences opportunities to connect with great artists and inspiring music.


How does it work?

1. Art-Reach members attend a sequence of three Bridge Sessions held at our partner venue World Cafe Live. 200 participants have attended so far this season.

2. The same Bridge Sessions are webcast live through our new LiveStudio video initiative to members' residential facilities and day programs, so that people who are unable to make the trip may still participate. Another 200-plus people have tuned in to the webcasts. As one staff person said, "You mean this is happening right now? Cool!"

3. Between sessions, LiveConnections teaching artists go to select member organizations to conduct hands-on workshops with participants.


Take a peek behind the scenes:
(Bonus: how many times can you spot the big blue & white surdo?)







Top to bottom:
LiveStudio production suite in action, led by producer Galea McGregor
Francois Zayas with participants
Art-Reach members
Behind the camera at a Bridge Session
Watching the live webcast from Liberty Resources
Alex Shaw and Josh Robinson on-site at Woods Services


[Images 1-4 by Conrad Erb Photography, images 5-6 by staff]


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