IMG_0599We all have had someone in our lives who has deeply inspired and affected us – people who have shaped who you are and how you look at the world. My younger brother has been and continues to be that person for me. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and is profoundly intellectually disabled. The struggle he has gone through, and continues to endure, has shaped the way I view the world and motivated me to act in a way nothing else has.

Originally from Northeast Ohio, I pursued a music performance degree at the Dana School of music, and then returned to earn a masters in music theory and composition in 2015. I decided to move to LA to join the Hatchery and pursue a masters in theological studies while working toward developing a new model of church specifically for persons with disabilities.

One of the ways I’ve been working towards this new model is through the ArtWalks. These are events where persons with disabilities are encouraged to take pictures of the things they find beautiful and interesting in their world, whether in a park, a city street, or at the beach. We then hold a pop-up gallery to showcase their photography, making visible not only their work and perspective, but making them visible to the community as well.

Check out this video explaining a little bit more about the ArtWalk and my motivation for joining the Hatchery.