Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

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Founded in 1992 as a professional theater company that included actors with disabilities, Interact expanded its vision in 1996 to become a recognized center for both the performing and visual arts. Interact is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and a licensed day care facility. Today, Interact Center is the only center nationally that offers professional-level training, performances, and exhibitions in multiple artistic disciplines, for artists with a wide range of disabilities, from physical to developmental to mental to behavioral. At Interact, adult artists with disabilities explore and expand their creativity as actors, writers, painters, sculptors and musicians.

  • The Inside Out Gallery. All Interact artists have opportunities to exhibit work in shows curated by the gallery director at the Inside Out Gallery, located in Interactís facility in the historic warehouse district of Minneapolis. Artists receive a commission for the sale of their work. Interact also seeks alternative venues for both group and individual exhibitions, and artists are alerted to outside calls for entries to show or sell work.
  • National Arts & Disability Center. The mission of the NADC is to promote the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.
  • VSA Arts. VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

21 minutes, closed captioned. NTSC.

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