CONGRATULATIONS MAY 2020 GRANT RECIPIENT, LISA SNIDERMAN!
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Congratulations to Lisa Sniderman on a successful grant application!
The following are excerpts of Sniderman's application:
I'm a multi award-winning, disabled artist aka Aoede, playwright, filmmaker and author of an inspirational memoir, "A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude," which chronicles my journey battling rare auto-immune progressive muscle weakness disease, dermatomyositis (DM) for more than 10 years while obsessively creating music and art to express and heal. I foster healing by inspiring/empowering young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges through original art and music.
While battling DM: I created and released five award-winning albums (three original fantasy musical audiobooks, and adapted and staged two); wrote/published memoir and adapted into an audiobook; created 45 short films-primarily from home. Music and art are my lifelines; I can't stop creating. I've been honored with more than 85 awards for my songwriting, audiobooks, books, films, and stage plays. I built and lead two online Facebook communities: "Lights in the Darkness," 200+ artists from around the world who also create to heal and "How to Thrive With Chronic Illness and Limited Energy." I collaborated with 50+ artists and shared their stories/music/art through an online video showcase ('Conversations on Creating to Heal') and live/streamed multi-media event December, 2018. Between July 2019-January 2020, I've filmed 60 30-minute video interviews via Zoom Conference with expert speakers for a virtual summit I'm creating for July 2020: "How to Thrive With Chronic Illness and Limited Energy," to share effective strategies, practices, resources, tools to help others struggling with chronic illness THRIVE through creativity, connection, community.
I still face immense challenges creating, connecting, being part of community while homebound on limited energy. Making/sharing these films will help me: be visible as an artist, despite isolation; keep my dreams alive; find joy; contribute, find purpose and heal. With so many sheltering in place, I feel called to use my gifts/experience battling DM to inspire/encourage others. This project will help me do that.