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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.

Lisa Sniderman - Steven Gregory Photography © 
Where Eagles Soar (Isaiah 40:31)
Interview with award-winning artist, playwright, author Lisa Sniderman also known as Aoede on the onset of her chronic illness; inspiration, for and description of lights in the darkness community and collaboration; creative roles; Sniderman's new memoir: "A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude," and planned December online video showcase and live/streaming performance with more than 50 artists also creating to heal.

"Southern Minnesota Children's Museum, 
Mankato, Minnesota."
To learn more about Sniderman's work, visit her website at

Please Note: Sniderman's work samples are not being shared at this time, as IACA would like to honor her intellectual property and give her the opportunity to make edits and market films as she desires. Instead, we are sharing relevant videos in relation to her healing and artistic practice in general.
"Before the closing of my live show in December 2018, performers came together as a group and sang a new song I wrote for the event-Keep Shining-an expressive anthem inspired by artists' stories, a vital reminder to never give up. While I voiced my inner fears, doubts, questions and insecurities, our live performers kept repeating the chorus to "Keep Shining" as a powerful, uplifting counterpoint. I collaborated with our ‘lights in the darkness’ community, where more than 20 artists contributed their voices. The video is inspired by my own story and transformations struggling with rare chronic illness, disability and recovery."
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There is no specific type of artist that we focus on or primarily support. Creative expression comes in a wide variety of artistic disciplines and genres. We are looking for passion and excellence in your craft. Tell us why your work is important to you and how you hope it will impact others.