testing testing… our mojo

This afternoon right before Chris and Bruce came to hang out we we shot this video (during which I talked), and then the separate mp4 file to use as a voice over. We wanted to make sure we could do a voice-over manually, as it could be necessary in a project we are going to be working on (no, NOT “Nigrum Noctua” — that is still on the back burner.) Can’t complain about that though, so here’s more good news (and not an April Fool’s joke at all) than I thought I could fit into one post:

While there will be more details to follow, I have been given a seed grant from the Philly Autism Project. Specifics of the project are yet to come; there’s a lot to work out.

Oddly, (perhaps fate?) I also saw that Moving Parts: The Newcastle Puppetry Festival in the UK was taking abstracts on the subject of inclusion. Well. I got myself to England talking about accessibility for people with sensory issues in processional arts this way — now my challenge was to not get there and still get to do it. As it is something I think about every day: and, it is something I have been thing about specifically with the Philly AP seed grant. How do you create public awareness for an issue that is really a civil rights issue when the people who are most affected by it — the people to whom attention is being drawn — cannot always easily do the things that society has built as “activist” events?

How do you use public art and the very human, ancient art of community procession to involve and unite people on the spectrum who want to use it? (If they don’t, they don’t.) What are the necessary adaptations?

Shorter version: I got a grant, and Tucker and I seem to be presenting at a puppetry convention in England without going there, mostly to prove you don’t have to go to puppet festivals or parades to be part of them. We don’t have most of this figured out yet; in fact, I wouldn’t want to put up the bar graph.

How does this involve homeschool? Well, everything involves homeschool; and we don’t ever turn away any new opportunity to be with new people and work on new ideas rather than just sit down with a textbook. Audio, video and photography are always high on Béla’s list of things to work on outside of sit-down work anyway, and EVERYONE needs a break after what seemed like endless studying for the Exploratory Latin Exam (which they took, I may have mentioned, and which Tucker’s casual grading indicates they did very well on.)

Béla’s editing on this little piece is perfect, better than I could do. (Just like his soldering.)

Lots of irons in the fire here. We’ve fallen behind in some things, (like Capstone Projects), but only because of opportunities we didn’t want to miss, and we will catch up on writing with Mama leading a workshop at Mighty Writers in a few weeks. Hard to complain.