Hello there, I like to introduce myself, my name is Christopher Gagliardi, and I am 27 years old and am an ADA advisory board member as well as an artist for the Artists' Collective of Social Change. I am also autistic. I am writing today because I want to share with you what the Artists' Collective community did for me and how the play that fellow member Arthur Wilson wrote, “Words for The Journey” have played a key role in my life. Words for the Journey have been one of the many opportunities that has helped me understand what society’s views of the physically and mentally challenged really have been. It has also given me the opening of my eyes so that I can see how much more I personally can challenge in my life. Now I totally realized because I have been very fortunate that I can do certain things that a LOT of people who have a physical or mental challenge cannot do, I know I totally need to stand up and the Artists' Collective community has opened the door for me to go sincerely further.
The Artists' Collective for Social Change, under the strong leadership of Alexis Marnel and many others who are the defender of the arts, music, and free speech movement have been many of my allies in helping me see more potential and that I can be who I want to be, and they will always protect me in times of distress and uncertainty. Surely, they know what they do and what kind of leadership we, as a group, can set for the society, so that society can start to see and accept and truly look at people who have the physical and mental challenges in society. I may not be a celebrity yet, but I’m one of the many people who have truly appreciated this prestigious group and people who have the compassion and care to really protect the arts, music, and spoken word’s rights to exist. Without this group, I wouldn’t have this opportunity to explore other areas of entertainment as well.
I encourage you all, from the bottom of my heart, to please support this wonderful and magnificent organization because they really are an organization of, by and for the arts. Thank you all very much!!!
Please Help! In order for us to reach our goal of serving underserved populations by placing relevant, quality arts education programs in various schools and treatment centers, we need your support! No donation is too small! Thank you for your support Sincerely, Alexis Marnel, Director Catlin Cobb, Artistic Director
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