Philadelphia Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) is a new initiative driven by Art-Reach. CAFE brings cultural organizations together who are focused on improving their venue’s accessibility to learn from one another as well as regional and national experts in the field.

 CAFE: The Making of a Fierce Kind of Love

June 6, 10-12 pm
At The Friend’s Center
1501 Cherry Street 1st floor
Phila. PA 19102 
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Art-Reach’s Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) invites you to learn more about the creation of “A Fierce Kind of Love” – a 2016 theatrical work which tells the untold story of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement and celebrates the struggle, activism and fierce love that fuels the desire for dignity. On June 6th, meet the creative team – Producer, Playwright, Director, and Cast Members – and learn more about the making of this important and moving play.

About A Fierce Kind of Love

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University embarked on the creative interpretation of an untold civil rights story – the history of the Intellectual Disability Rights Movement in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. A Fierce Kind of Love was written by Obie-nominated theatre artist Suli Holum and directed by David Bradley. The play uses word, movement, and song to examine the Movement’s history and celebrate the struggle, activism and fierce love that fuels the desire for dignity.

Despite its significance, Pennsylvania’s role in the Movement remains largely untold. A Fierce Kind of Love is the cornerstone of years of coordinated events that offers multiple points of entry into this hidden history. Through performance, photography, storytelling and interview, A Fierce Kind of Love stimulated new understanding and engaged a broad community in the stories, themes, and ongoing activism of the Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. Originally presented at The Christ Church Neighborhood playhouse in 2016, Fierce continues to have a life and will be presented in various venues in 2017. For more about this project, please visit: http://www.temple.edu/instituteondisabilities/voices/afkol/aboutus.html

**Coffee/Tea and Light Refreshments will be provided**

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This new forum will address issues of cultural accessibility in order to:

  • Enhance accessible accommodations offered by the Greater Philadelphia cultural community
  • Encourage arts providers within the sector to continue their efforts in making experiences accessible to patrons with disabilities
  • Expand awareness of the need for such efforts

The basis for CAFE grew from the idea that together we can do more. On the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law, Art-Reach is excited to launch this fitting peer group, to further advance inclusion in the arts for people that have disabilities.

To stay connected with all CAFE discussions and events, please email Charlie Miller, Director of Programming, at cmiller@art-reach.org