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2019 Odyssey Conference will present "Grandma's Work"  on day one as the opening session and "C'est Possible: Anything is Possible!" on day two as the general session.

Grandma's Work

A one-act play followed by a panel discussion
An American Indian grandma’s traditional way-of-life goes unrecognized when she applies for Social Security

Grandma’s Work is a one-act play based on a poem written by Helena Gerhardson and adapted for the stage by Lara Gerhardson. This ten-minute play is set in 1968. It is a powerful reminder and example of the structural barriers that contribute to persistent racial and social disparities. Structural racism refers to a system in which public policies, institutional practices, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Participants will be challenged to describe the historic relationship between American Indians and the United States, identify the emotional and psychological impact of historical events with American Indian people, and discuss the importance of engaging service partners and other tribal entities in the development of a system of care.

C’est Possible: Anything is Possible!

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will bring together an ensemble of 12 artists with disabilities, who fully participated in conceiving this new work, which includes developing original material, choreography, scripts and songs. Through the lens of the entire spectrum of disability labels, the C’est Possible performance is a compelling collection of original signature songs, scenes, dance and heart-felt stories that capture the human experience, representing how much people with disabilities can accomplish when they are able to pursue their own life choices. Interact’s company of actors blends the talents and viewpoints of artists with and without disabilities, encouraging personal autonomy while sustaining rigorous professional standards. Attendees will challenge their own perceptions of disability and witness Interact’s uncompromising vision of radical inclusion dissolving concepts of who “can” or “cannot.”

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