"This is a game changer. People are going to see our guys differ-ently after this." Peg Kolm, Parent & Activist
How can interaction with art hope to engender change on this scale?
What happens after the exhibition's left town and the novelty wears off?
A juxtaposition designed to foment real & enduring change; an interaction among:
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"The space created by great art creates a rarified moment in which the apprehension of beauty makes possible the apprehension of truth.
In that 15 or 30 or whatever minutes it takes to go through the exhibition, every person will 'get it.' They'll want to Look."
Dr. Elizabeth McClancy, Social- and Educational-Change Strategist
From the Director.
Welcome. I think the clearest way to convey where we are headed with the Look. At. Me. Project is to walk you through a recent conversation. I have a wonderful friend in Washington. Her 17-year-old daughter’s intellectual disability is compounded by physical and developmental disabilities that prevent her from seeing, hearing and swallowing. I recently asked her, "If we put an individual in front of a painting of her, what do they need to understand?" This was her response:
"I have come to believe that these individuals are 90% pure. She doesn’t know People magazine; these guys don’t
know self-consciousness or maneuvering for stature or the gross penalty for flaunting cultural norms. She and they
are free of all that."
She went on to explain that the power of these disabilities pulls one into that purer reality. Once engaged with a person with a disability, one's self-consciousness, one's need to establish stature and to comply with established norms all fall away. In the immediacy of this consecrated relationship, those concerns have no negotiable part to play. To be with these people is to be instantly and necessarily unburdened of all that.
That was my moment of revelation. Simple, welcome, and profound.
Soon, I was invited to hang out with new friends. And in a few weeks, I not only got it, but I could do it. No. What I learned was not to do anything. Just walk in, feel my "baggage" fall to the floor, say hi, and be.
One of my favorite words is Kairos, a Greek word for "time." Its antecedent doesn't exist in English. It means "a moment in time that will never come again because of the integrity of the initiative, the caliber of the people gathered and the societal opportunity to get it done."
This is such a moment. Our team has spent 36 months, honing the synergies that will be necessary to affect this vital, measurable, systemic change. We invite you to join us.
L. A. M. Project Director
L. A. M. is - first and foremost - a community education mechanism...
...with a distinctive, unseen schematic.
...Look. At. me. is embedded with powerful, research-proven, attitude- and behavior-change tenets
Designing a galvanizing exhibition of world-class art to create...
a national moment within which we learn to embrace the presence of people with disabilities.