Zoomtopia brings together artists with disabilities

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art from Zoomtopia
From "Zoomtopia," a virtual performance by St. Paul’s Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, a community of artists with disabilities.
Art by Michael Engebretson via Interact

What if you could travel to a faraway place, populated by far-out people. What if this place had singing, stories, mischief and mystery? 

You can, and it’s called “Zoomtopia” — a virtual performance by St. Paul’s Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, a community of artists with disabilities.

Interact, like most arts centers moved into the Zoom world, offered classes, meet-ups and other ways for its member artists to collaborate and create. “Zoomtopia” speaks to the pandemic life of artists with disabilities and to overcoming the isolation each of us felt in our own way.

Beloved Minnesota playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling is the guide through Zoomtopia, and he joins Host Angela Davis to discuss the effects of quarantine on artists with disabilities.

And we want to hear from you, too. Are you an artist who has been in isolation during the pandemic? How have you stayed connected with other artists? Have you been making it work? Tell us about it. And if you’re an Interact artist — or live or work with an Interact artist — we want to hear about your current work. Call us at 651-227-6000 or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.

Guest: Kevin Kling, a Minneapolis-based playwright,storyteller and beloved commentator for MPR News and NPR.

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