JFCS hosts virtual film screening of ‘Living Art’ in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ (JFCS) Jewish Inclusion Program will host a virtual screening of the documentary, “Living Art” from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).
“Living Art” is a film about Mara Clawson, a brilliant visual artist battling a life-threatening genetic disease. As Mara prepares for the largest gallery show of her young career, she shows us what it means to create both art and a life inspired by love and kindness. The film screening of “Living Art” will include a live Q&A with Mara, her parents, and the film’s director, David Rochkind. Learn more about the film here. View the trailer here.
During the month of February, JFCS and Jewish communities around the world observe Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The mission of JDAIM is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be accepted and included in all aspects of Jewish life.
Mara is the subject of the documentary film, Living Art, by Ground Media’s director David Rochkind, which premiered in the 2019-2020 ReelAbilities Film Festivals. Mara said that the film ‘lets the world see who I really am.’ The film is part of an education campaign about disability and inclusion.
Mara’s wish to make others ‘happy’ is a central motivation for her to create. Mara uses pastels and iPad technology to convey her perception of the world. She finds that her art connects her to others, and the many communities she enjoys. Mara’s positive outlook, clear insights, and keen appreciation for human relationships influence her work and help her to manage the impact of her rare disease (Familial Dysautonomia).