|INTERPLAY WARM UP AT THE FRIENDSHIP CENTER (photo by Ruth Schowalter)|
By Ruth Schowalter, Certified InterPlay Leader
Beginning in October 2015, InterPlay Atlanta began offering InterPlay sessions twice a month at The Friendship Center, an outreach program of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta.
InterPlay Atlanta is grateful to be a part of the rich programming at The Friendship Center that includes “Greenhouse and Gardening,” “Wellness and Recovery,” “Recovery through the Arts and Food.” Find out more about The Friendship Center by clicking here.
The Reverend of Holy Comforter, Alexis Chase, is familiar with the improvisational system of InterPlay from firsthand experience, and she invited our certified InterPlay Atlanta leaders to her community for sixty minutes of play on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 AM every other week. After attending our first InterPlay session, which took place right there in the church, she expressed the good that she saw InterPlay contributing to the participants, and we asked her to write her observations down which resulted in the following testimonial:
|Reverend Alexis Chase|
“So often, in the lives of those living with a mental health diagnoses and living in poverty, there is very little autonomy, very little choice. The gift and benefit of having Interplay here is that while playing everyone is given a chance to choose, they are all given a chance to express themselves. During Interplay our participants can watch, participate, dance, move, babble, or sit and their expressions are valued and lifted up. One recent participant said it was the best form of physical activity he had all week. The creativity and free expression Interplay encourages fits with and enhances what The Friendship Center already does well.”
|Masankho Kamsisi Banda|
|SOULPRINT PLAYERS & MASANKHO. InterPlay performs "The Art of Being Human" at the Friendship Center of Holy Comforter Church.|
We look forward to our connection continuing to deepen with this community in the upcoming months and invite you to join us for our November 8th performance from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church at 737 Woodland Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30316. Suggested donation: $10 to $50 (Be affordable but generous, as $100 in donations will support one month of InterPlay at The Friendship Center).
|ENERGIZED. When asked how they felt at the end of the InterPlay hour, one of the participants answered, "energized." (Photo credit and identification of participants forthcoming)|