Cathy Moriarty pushes for equal opportunity in the arts 6/22/08

from Southampton Press

On Sunday, June 22, the actress will moderate a “Surviving and Thriving” educational symposium at Galerie BelAge, designed to raise public awareness about the needs of disabled youth and adults. Panelists from several non-profit organizations will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss the services they provide, and answer questions from attendees.

Free and open to the public, the symposium ties in with the gallery’s current exhibition, “Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors,” which was curated by Mr. Deets and Ms. Brokaw. On view through July 1, the exhibition is presented by the not-for-profit Survivors Art Foundation, an organization which Ms. Brokaw, the executive director, founded 11 years ago.

“Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors” features art by individuals who have found their way out of life’s darkest moments, she says. They include children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, Holocaust survivors, Guatemalan torture victims, cancer and AIDS survivors, and children from Kosovo and Bosnia whose artwork transcends the divides of a civil war.

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