On any given day, Robert Greco, Director and Curator of Gallery U —an artspace located in Montclair, NJ—is evaluating art submissions from around the world. “I have a sense of what kind of art our audience would like,” says Greco. Gallery U is a modest artspace with broad purpose: to cut across boundaries of ability and disability, showcasing original, contemporary artwork at affordable prices. This vision is alive on a multitude of levels.
Gallery U and its sister venue, the U Consignment Boutique, have been created by Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological impairments. The Institute takes a unique approach to recovery, synthesizing vocational training with the arts.
An interview with Brooke Ellison, March 2010:
What is the role of hope in medical care? It is a complex and vital one, and it will soon be the focus of a six week elective course, The Ethics of Hope. The course will be taught to second year medical students at Stony Brook University Medical center this coming March.
The instructors are Brooke Ellison, 31, a doctoral candidate in sociology, and Steven G. Post, Director of Medical Humanities and Compassionate Care at Stony Brook University. They make a strong case for examining the role of hope in medical care, a perspective that is not commonly a part of the training for medical students. “I want to take the subject of hope out of the philosophical realm and provide students a structured way of thinking about it,” Ellison states.
Race Across America is an annual transcontinental bicycle race spanning from the west to the east coast of the United States. Last June (09), the Team Type 1 cyclists completed the 3021-mile race with a notable milestone. Each member of the team skillfully negotiated the self-management demands of their Type 1 diabetes, finishing the race in record time. They are first rate athletes with a mission as stated on their web-site: "We strive to instill hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes. With appropriate diet, exercise, treatment and technology, we believe that anyone with diabetes can achieve their dreams." Stories of athletic achievement capture the imagination. This is an inspiring account of a remarkable journey, beyond the challenges of a medical condition.
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