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Latitude Artist Community serves all people - with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability - by creating meaningful, inclusive community interactions which allow participating artists to contribute culturally and politically to the life of their community.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Latitude's Annual Health and Wellness Program!

Welcome to Latitude’s Annual Health and Wellness Program!
It's all free and open to everyone
Encarta Encyclopedia:  TRANSPORTATION  a means of traveling or of carrying somebody or something from one place to another.

This year our Health and Wellness  theme is “transportation” and we will be providing a number of workshops which will deal with the theme of transportation in some very original and healthful ways!  Transportation was selected as our theme this year as it is also the theme of the Annual Disabilities Expo here in Lexington on April 21st at Lexington Center, and as usual Latitude artists will not only be attending – but participating in this interesting, exciting and important event.   

All our Health and Wellness Workshops are open to the entire community and are free. 
Latitude is located at 167 Saunier Street (downtown Lexington)
for more info: Bruce Burris (859) 806-0195, latitudearts@yahoo.com
Latitude’s 2011 Health and Wellness Schedule
Wednesday April 13, 10:00am- 12:00pm                                                                                                                                                   
Film and Photography Workshop
Film maker Patti Parsons will present information about her own films. Speaking of transportation, Patti has made a number of short films which deal with accessibility issues. (sound familiar PEAL members?) Patti will also demonstrate how she edits films and she will work with us in creating our own slide show (which will consist of 30 photos we took related to disability issues)                                                                                   
More on Patti here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHSwJdQ030k
Wednesday April 13, 1:00pm- 2:00pm                                                                                                            Urban Farming and Green Living with Angela Spiers
special guest Jim Embry                                                                                                         
It's not exactly Green Acres but Angela lives on a small farm in Fayette County.
She’ll talk to us about farm life, why good food is important and how to recycle material efficiently. We will also be planting some tomatoes to take home (Thanks Kentucky Tomato Project). Now what does all this have to do with transportation? Well, Angela specializes in raising free range chickens and she’ll be bringing a few of them in with her to “free range” (transport) around Latitude for the afternoon.
Thursday April 14, 11:00am- 12:00pm                                                                                                                           
Your role in City Government                                                                                                                           
City Councilperson Peggy Henson will join us to discuss how Lexington’s city government works and how we can be involved in government.  Ok- so how is this linked to transportation? Well, Peggy serves on LFUCG’s Commission for Citizens with Disabilities and one of the big issues they are dealing with is bus transportation. By the way did you know that Latitude’s Project Easy Access Lexington (PEAL) had a big hand in beginning the commission a few years ago?
Tuesday April 19, 1:00pm- 2:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Public Safety
Join representatives from Lexington’s Police Department as we learn how to identify potential risks in our communities, how to react to threats to our safety and how to report a crime. This is a really important and fun workshop. Because it is important we have it every year. It may not be directly linked to transportation issues but – well – our police does patrol Lexington- this involves transportation- and there you go!
Thursday April 21, 11:00am- 5:00pm                                                                                                                     
Celebration of Disability Expo and Transportation Fair, Lexington Center
Here is the big Transportation enchilada, this year the annual Disabilities Expo is all about transportation! During this time- we can take rides on Lex Tran busses while learning the do’s and don’ts of bus riding- we will also learn to read bus schedules and more. The goal of the Expo is to learn ways to become more independent.  There will be over 100 booths providing information on a variety of disability organizations as well as speakers and entertainment.

Teresa Tomb, director of Mecca Live Dance Studio and Bruce Burris of Latitude will lead a collaborative movement/performance piece. The piece is called “transport the soul” and most definitely reflects the theme of our Expo.  (1pm- 2pm)                                                                                                                                           More on Mecca:http://www.rakadu.com/

past workshops
Monday March 14, 10:00am- 11:30am
Self Care and Massage
In this workshop Teresa Goss will present information on and demonstrate massage therapy, paraffin therapy and aroma therapy. Do you think this workshop is about transportation? We think it has lots of to do with it- for one; this type of therapy/experience is trans- formative and speaks to the rhythm and cycles of our bodies. We hope you will take the time to join us in this thoroughly trans- formative experience.
Tuesday March 15, 10:30am-11:30am                                                                                                                                     
Chair Yoga Workshop
Theresa Thompson, owner of GrassRootsYoga will present a chair yoga class and provide background on the traditions and craft and practice of yoga. If you are asking yourself what this workshop has to do with transportation- then you might consider this something which transports physically – through various stances and mystically. Intrigued? Then join us!
Tuesday March 15, 1:00-2:00pm                                                                                                                             
Wilderness Skills, General Fitness and Knot Tying Workshop
This Workshop is taught by Chris Begley an Associate Professor of  Anthropology at Tranyslvania University who spends lots of time outdoor due to his profession as an anthropologist, but also because he loves being outside in the wild. Chris’s mode of transportation  consists of using his own two feet! Join us for this exciting workshop, learn some survival skills and thrill to Chris’s tales of wilderness adventure.