Grace Goad, Art & Autism Capture the News Spotlight Locally + Nationally

“All news is good news.” We are grateful for the coverage by News Channel 5 of Grace Goad’s art and a blurb for our inclusive nonprofit social enterprise we’re launching to support artists with disAbilities to create, exhibit, and sell their work.  Note the “cooking” reference by the anchor is a long-term optional plan for artists who wish to switch off from visual art making and join a potential partner who is starting a bakery employing individuals with disAbilities.

This second video, was filmed 1.5 years ago by Al Jazeera America, and I was unable to share it, and eventually, lost access to it, personally, as well, until I happened to meet the network’s senior executive producer last weekend. Rhyne Piggott was in town to keynote at Art Camp Nashville 2, which I attended. The network changed its sharing policy and I thought the timing of its release for my sharing was appropriate:

Uhhh. I’m still new to the WordPress blogging platform. I’m not sure how to embed this link right now. I followed the directions, but apparently it’s prejudicial. No pun intended. So, if, like me, you would not want to cut and past the above link, you can go, here. And while you’re at it, send me some Facebook like-love, would you? Thanks. If you are not on Facebook, well, back to cut and paste for you.

And, remember, if you’re in Nashville, this is TONIGHT:

Indie Lens Pop-Up, in Partnership with The Arc Tennessee, brings a FREE Nashville Screening of Mini and Dona with a panel discussion following. That’s Friday, November 20, 6:30 PM, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

“Heart-wrenching. The film is as unflinching as it is beautiful, chronicling difficult decision-making that comes to involve the whole extended family.” — The New York Times

What happens when love runs out of time? For 92-year-old Mimi, who has spent her life caring for 64-year-old Dona, a daughter with an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable — the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find her a new home. This poignant, heartbreaking, and sometimes humorous documentary traces the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo — filmmaker Sophie Sartain’s grandmother and aunt. Mimi and Dona premieres on Independent Lens Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:30-10:30PM CT (check local listings) on PBS.

2 Responses to Grace Goad, Art & Autism Capture the News Spotlight Locally + Nationally

  1. Leisa,
    Grace’s art is beautiful. I loved watching her work on the video. Mim and Dona… I know you think about Grace’s future all the time. The first time the reality of parents dying before their child with an intellectual disability hit me, I couldn’t stop crying. My husband and I were sitting behind a sweet family in church one Sunday. The reality of the elderly parents and their son, who was 60+, was more than I could handle. I never saw them, again, and will alway wonder about them and their son.
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