One of our main missions is to create an inclusive environment for artists. If you have a passion for something, we want to put it on stage. But, recently, we learned that sometimes, to include everyone, you have to exclude some.
Allow us to explain. In March, we are hosting a sensory-friendly show in the hour before our regular showtime. This hour is reserved for families of those with autism. The audience will be made up of the performers from March’s show and members of this community are invited to take the stage and share their art. The lights will be up, there will no background music, and the venue will be closed to the general public.
Yes, in order to give these individuals a chance to perform and share in a comfortable and welcoming environment, we have to exclude our normal audience. Because large crowds and loud audiences can over-stimulate those with autism, making it hard for them to feel comfortable sharing their work, we are being intentionally exclusive (and we know our amazing community understands!).
Because our mission is create an accepting, inclusive, and supportive atmosphere for artists of all kinds, we wanted to give these artists the chance to share. While a normal open-mic situation might be too overwhelming for them, we’re altering the vibe of the umbrella to make them feel safe and accepted.
"Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance." -Verna Myer
So, on March 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, if your family has an individual with Autism or any other type of disability (aged 13 and up), The Artist’s Umbrella would like to extend an invite to all of you for this free hour (yup, free) to watch as members from your community stand on stage at the Loft in a sensory-friendly environment and show their talents!
We will welcome the rest of the audience into the Loft for our regular 7:00 p.m. show.
If you have a performer that would like to show their awesome talents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The acts can be between 5-10 minutes. The Loft is wheelchair accessible and there is street parking.
We at the Artist's Umbrella are super excited to be a part of this and can't wait to see you all there.