In January 2012, documentary film makers Martin Montgomery (Martin Montgomery Films) and Bill Gaff (Humanstory Films) began recording footage of what was to become one of the most profound examples of performing arts education anyone has every witnessed... LIVE ART.
LIVE ART is a groundbreaking educational program and concert event, created and led by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), in Richmond, Virginia. In its first ever implementation, LIVE ART created a 20-week inclusive performing arts educational experience for children with and without developmental disabilities and hearing impairment, and then culminated with these students performing on stage alongside some of Virginia’s best professional musicians.
On Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 5:00pm, LIVE ART students and performers took the stage in the historic Carpenter Theatre and changed the lives not only of themselves, but of more than 1,200 people in the audience.
With literally hundreds of hours of documentary film footage -- including moving interviews with students, parents, faculty, and celebrity musicians -- we have the building blocks to tell a story that will warm your heart and hel