About the Project


Community Inclusive Arts


A New Kind of Listening is a moving documentary about an experimental theater group that includes people who are non-speaking related to significant disabilities. The group meets weekly for a year;  together they create an original and compelling performance piece.  The film also tells the story of one member’s intense life-long struggle to communicate.

A New Kind of Listening is a resource and catalyst for building more inclusive communities through the arts. The film demonstrates how people with and without disabilities can work together creatively and have deeply meaningful friendships.

Advocates, artists, educators, non-profits, service-providers, and families can use the film and screening events to promote new ways of thinking about how the arts can connect people of all abilities.

People are successfully using  A New Kind of Listening to:

  • spark dialogue among friends and family at home screenings
  • raise funds for local advocacy groups and non-profits
  • start an inclusive arts project in their community
  • train service-provider staff
  • promote new ways of thinking in university and high school classes
  • present at conferences and workshops
  • add to their organization’s resource library

 Inclusive Arts Projects

Film has the power to move people to action. Our ultimate goal in sharing A New Kind of Listening is to inspire and support people to start inclusive arts projects in their own communities. The film demonstrates that with no funding or high-tech equipment, collaboration with an arts project can transform separate unconnected individuals into a close-knit community of friends.

Our hope is that you and your organization will use a screening of A New Kind of Listening to lay the groundwork for an inclusive arts project in your community: one where individuals with and without disabilities work together creatively. A screening event can be the first step in developing arts experiences that welcome all members of the community.  Click here for for the TASH guest blog which details  a successful screening/follow-up and community inclusive arts project.

As individuals, advocacy organizations and educators, you are invited to join our grassroots movement by organizing screenings that result in dialogue, learning, and action in your communities.  On this website you can learn about upcoming screenings,purchase dvd’s, and use the film as a powerful tool to build more inclusive communities. Click here for our Organizer’s Toolkit.

Welcome to the Inclusive Arts Campaign!

Kenny Dalsheimer                    Polly Medlicott
director/co-producer                 co-producer


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