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We found this super cool, super weird kinetic sand and thought “We’d really like to play with that”…. so we thought maybe you would too!

Like our Facebook page this week to be entered to win a Get Creative Basket which includes art supplies, an origami kit, a Let Creativity Rule Charm, UT goodies AND this awesome kinetic sand. www.facebook.com/unifiedtheater

Like us on Facebook this week and be entered to win this awesome Get Creative Basket!! Facebook.com/unifiedtheater

humansofnewyork:

"For the longest time, I was so focused on being deaf in my left ear, that I almost forgot my other ear was perfectly fine."

An amazing reminder that it’s all about ability.

Happy happy Birthday to our founding inspiration, Kelsey!

Check out a piece our founder wrote about Kelsey, the bravest (and best!) girl she knows on our website.

Our students will be celebrating Kelsey’s birthday when they’re back from February break as part of our #LOVEinclusion month.

Our friends at Inclusive Schools Network and Stetson & Associates shared why they work for and #LOVEinclusion every day…

Stephanie Clark:"I #LOVEinclusion because it breaks down a barrier that used to keep kids apart socially and educationally.”

Cathy Giardina "I #LOVEinclusion because it describes what good schools should be—all kids belonging and participating!

Frances Stetson, Ph.D. "I #LOVEinclusion because it represents the way our world should be for everyone everywhere! It reminds us that we all have work to do!”

Tim LaCourt "I #LOVEinclusion because…it’s just the right thing to do! It makes school more like real life for all children. We can all learn a lot from one another!”

John Walsh "I #LOVEinclusion because it values every child.”

Kristi Henderson “I #LOVEinclusion because it embodies everything that is right about loving, reaching and teaching children. We all have unique gifts, talents and ideas and inclusive settings allow everyone to participate and shine in their own way!”

"Include everyone with love." Katie | Regardless of ability, background, lifestyle, interest, or beyond… That’s how you #LOVEinclusion.

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we asked student why they #LOVEinclusion so many quite simply said “friends”. We can never underestimate the value of friendship and how many young people in our world, of all abilities, are seeking it.

Carmen’s #LOVEinclusion valentine.

We are at our first Hartford Spotlight Summit and we’re closing our Get Excited session with joke time! What’s your favorite joke? You might just see us use it in a future #UTsummit!

Creativity, sparkles, and inclusion… the trifecta. Join us! www.unifiedtheater.org/loveinclusion

Creativity, sparkles, and inclusion. The trifecta. Join us: www.unifiedtheater.org/loveiinclusion #LOVEinclusion

Nico and our Founder & CEO Micaela teamed up yesterday to film our #LOVEinclusion trailer… Nico captured clips of his classmates and teachers making (orange, sparkly!) inclusion valentines and sharing why and how they #LOVEinclusion.

Check out the final product and sign-up here: www.unifiedtheater.org/loveinclusion

Took some time today to #LOVEinclusion with students of all abilities making valentines (they were orange AND sparkly!). Not sure what was better, kids describing why they #LOVEinclusion or seeing them perfectly embodying it themselves. Get ready for #LOVEinclusion coming in February. www.unifiedtheater.org

It’s time to ‘Get Creative’ with the rockstars from Trinity Rep. (you see what we did there? 🕙😉)

The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you are present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.
Sir Ken Robinson
The time I spent practicing and performing with Unified Theater is something I reflect on frequently to help me remember how significantly the quality of the product you are working towards improves when everyone leaves their insecurities and hang-ups at the door. The level of trust, respect, and admiration among that class of UT alumni is a pinnacle I strive towards at work, at home, and in life in general.
from Lily, a participant in the very first Unified Theater show back in 2002