Lunch & Learn Series:
We Are All...
Inclusive, Accessible, and Welcoming
In partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Lowell Arts, ACT invites you to our free Lunch & Learn series!
Join us in the ACT studio for our new Lunch & Learn Series! Each session will focus on an important disability-related topic. We have invited informed guest speakers on each topic to both share their knowledge and deepen our conversation with the goal of becoming more informed about disabilities. ACT is committed to continuous learning so that we can best support and serve our students and individuals of all abilities. We invite you to learn and grow with us as we strengthen inclusivity throughout the community! These sessions are free and intended for ACT teaching artists, board members, and volunteers; in addition to the staff, boards, and volunteers from other area organizations. Come ready to share your experiences, listen, ask questions, and learn together!
Bring your own lunch! Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Who can attend?
Everyone! There are 30 attendee slots available for each session. This training is geared toward ACT families, teaching artists, volunteers, and staff; as well as local cultural agencies and their staff, volunteers, parents, art educators, and anyone interested in being more inclusive and knowledgable regarding different disabilities!
When and where are the Lunch & Learns?
Lunch & Learns will always be on Tuesdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Please see the section below for the full itinerary of program topics and guest facilitators.
Each Lunch & Learn will be held at the ACT Studio:
1140 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 4101. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free parking is available on site.
January 18, 2022
Topic: Down Syndrome Awareness
Guest Facilitator: Nate Clark: Program Director at the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan
February 8, 2022
Topic: Transition & Workplace Readiness -- Bringing Work Skills Into Programming
Guest Facilitator: Dirk Bakhuyzen, Executive Director of Beyond26
February 22, 2022
Topic: Adaptive Equipment and Physical & Severe Multiple Impairments
Guest Facilitator: Todd Jones, Instructional Coach for Kent Intermediate School District
March 8, 2022
Topic: Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Erica Chapin, Community and Partnerships Manager for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Rowan O'Doughtery, Board President of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
March 22, 2022
Topic: Cognitive Impairments
Shontaye Witcher, MSW, PhD. Director of Disability Support Resources at Grand Valley State University;
Jason Osborne, M.ED. Disability Support Resources Senior Program Advisor at Grand Valley State University;
Jorden Couture, Campus Links Graduate Assistant for the Disability Support Resources Department at Grand Valley State University.
April 12, 2022
Topic: Visual Impairments
Guest Facilitator: Marcus Manders, MHA. President of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
April 26, 2022
Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Guest Facilitator: Dr. Mira Jourdan (Krishnan), PhD, ABPP. Neuropsychologist & Autism/Neurological Differences Specialist
May 10, 2022
Topic: Mental Health
Guest Facilitator: Christy Buck, Executive Director of the Mental Heath Foundation of West Michigan
May 24, 2022
Topic: Therapeutic Arts
Guest Facilitator: Kat VanHammen, Expressive Arts Therapist
Want to learn more about our Lunch & Learn Series?
What are the Lunch & Learn session topics?
Do I need to register?
Yes. Please register for the Lunch & Learns you'd like to attend by filling out the Google Form below. You can email Allison, ACT's Community Arts Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!