‘Treasure Maps: The Ga Storytelling Roadshow’ Highlights Men and women With Developmental Disabilities

A traveling roadshow is coming to Atlanta, bringing art combined with activism, and a aim

A traveling roadshow is coming to Atlanta, bringing art combined with activism, and a aim of uniting communities behind their users with developmental disabilities. The demonstrate is “Treasure Maps: The Ga Storytelling Roadshow.

The pop-up theatre will display screen movies about people today all over the state who are navigating lifetime with a developmental incapacity. It will be accompanied by vendors, installations, food items vehicles, and stay tunes.

The Atlanta cease on the Ga roadshow takes place this Saturday, July 10, at Legacy Park in Decatur, with WABE’s “All Matters Considered” host Jim Burress co-internet hosting the event. LaTonya Harris is a roadshow volunteer, and mom of just one of the showcased storytellers, her daughter Faith. Shannon Turner is the founder and Inventive Director of StoryMuse, the organization that partnered with the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities to deliver the Treasure Maps job. Harris and Turner both of those joined “City Lights” Senior Producer Kim Drobes to share their excitement about Treasure Maps, its storytellers, and the drive for legislative progress that the exhibit can make its priority.

Job interview highlights:

How “Treasure Maps” came to be:

“The storytelling venture began in 2018,” Turner explained. “We traveled the state collecting tales, and these stories walked suitable into legislator’s offices so that we could support educate all those individuals to say, ‘Look, this is your constituent. Please make much better decisions on their behalf.’”

“I commenced to see tendencies throughout individuals stories,” Turner went on. “So we went on the road, we gathered these 10 stories, we place them alongside one another into this wonderful present … I like to say, each and every of these 10 storytellers, their stories are just like a beautiful manifestation of that teller.”

On featured storyteller Religion Harris:

“Faith loves to tell her tale as only Faith can do, and so we just believed that it would be an awesome way to get her out in the neighborhood,” Harris mentioned. “Faith is this wonderful 21-yr-previous who enjoys lifetime. When she walks into a home, you know she has arrived, for the reason that she has lit it up.” She added, “She’s just this, ‘I-will not-be-set-in-a-box’ kind of girl. I just abide by Faith’s direct, and wherever she leads us, that’s wherever we go.”

“I want her to always have a house in our community,” Harris reported. “And usually that doesn’t occur immediately after our young adult’s exit school — then, there is not a good deal of spaces for them to be in. That is been my passion, my coronary heart, my press, my existence just to make guaranteed that she has a house when she exits university future spring.”

“I’m actually glad that LaTonya introduced up this phenomenon that she’s striving to get out in entrance of, with her daughter Faith, which is what we phone, in the company, the school-to-sofa pipeline,” Turner extra. “A whole lot of people discover that there’s this total fall-off in services following they graduate from superior university.”

What to expect from the storytellers:

“The filmmakers have had so substantially pleasurable making people stories, and experimenting with style,” Turner mentioned. “So we have a person who loves to cook, so we ended up making a cooking clearly show as you might see on the Vacation Channel or the Food Network. And we have another younger female who is a jewelry maker, and so seeing her story is variety of like observing a little something on HGTV.”

“[Faith] tells a tale about learning how to walk,” Harris explained. “So, her father was deployed … At that level in time, Religion wasn’t going for walks. So our pledge to him was, if he came again, Religion would stroll to him when he obtained off the aircraft. We shared that with our staff and the bodily therapist who was certainly awesome, each individual spare minute she had she would do the job with Religion. And Faith walked to her dad when he bought off the airplane that subsequent 12 months.”

“In the exact same way that all of those people tales are unique and related to the teller, each individual of these displays has grow to be a wonderful manifestation of that local community,” Turner reported.