Community Involvement

InterPlay Atlanta and Reforming Arts

In the fall of 2014, Atlanta InterPlay deepened its work at Lee Arrendale by introducing InterPlay as a performance medium. Our twelve-week InterPlay performance workshops concluded with an InterPlay performance based on a theme selected by the participants.  
In 2015 we were awarded an Artistic Assistance grant to continue our performance play with the women.  Many thanks to Alternate ROOTS, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. 
In the spring of 2013, InterPlay Atlanta began sharing the gifts of InterPlay with the women at Lee Arrendale State Prison through Reforming Arts. Reforming Arts is a Georgia nonprofit providing arts and higher education opportunities to women in Georgia’s criminal justice system.
InterPlay has served to help the women enrolled in Reforming Arts programming come together as an ensemble. Instructors have witnessed women making new discoveries about each other, rejoice in telling their stories and identify themselves as “grace makers.” There has also been a lot of joy and laughter.
One participant shared, “I feel freedom.” InterPlay Atlanta is grateful for the opportunity to create an experience that allows freedom, joy, and possibility for the women at Lee Arrendale.
In the fall of 2014, Atlanta InterPlay deepened its work at Lee Arrendale by introducing InterPlay as a performance medium. Our twelve-week workshop concluded with an InterPlay performance based on a theme selected by the participants.
--Jennifer Denning, InterPlay Atlanta Co-founder

"The InterPlay class at Lee Arrendale State Prison is a wonderful addition to Reforming Arts' Higher Education at LASP program. From community building to providing a space for fun and creative self-expression InterPlay is invaluable to our organization and loved by the women at Lee Arrendale State Prison."

-Wende Ballew

Executive Director, Reforming Arts
For more about InterPlay Atlanta's work at Lee Arrendale, go here: A Glimpse of InterPlay at Lee Arrendale Prison.

InterPlay Atlanta at the Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center 
in partnership with The City of Atlanta Public Defender’s Office

In the spring of 2015, InterPlay Atlanta began ongoing programming bringing InterPlay to women awaiting trial at the Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center. Weekly playgroups are offered as part of a larger program of the Atlanta Public Defender’s Office: S.E.E.D.S. Strategies for Empowerment, Education, Development and Sustainability. 

 S.E.E.D.S. programming seeks to empower women during their time of incarceration. Participants receive support in the following areas: 1.) Psychoeducational and skills building 2.) Relapse prevention 3.) Mind, body and spirit recovery and connection 4.) Economic success 5.) Education about risky sexual behavior. InterPlay Atlanta is recognized by the Public Defender’s Office as a meaningful and effective way to decrease stress, create healthy mind, body, spirit connections, and invite joy into a space that is often filled with anxiety.
Beginning in June  2015, once a month, InterPlay Atlanta began offering a free "taste" of InterPlay to one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the United States--Clarkston, Georgia. Comprised of both long-time Americans and newly arriving refugees, the Clarkston community is a wonderful place to experience InterPlay improvisational forms used for fun community building. Join us on first Saturdays from June to November. The market is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the Activity Field, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, Georgia 30021

For more about InterPlay's involvement with the Clarkston Community Center Market go here: 

A Taste of Free InterPlay: InterPlay Atlanta Goes to the Clarkston Community Market

Communicycle and InterPlay at the CCC


InterPlay Atlanta is on the 2015 team for the Clarkston Youth Initiative, an afterschool program supporting middle and high school students in the Clarkston, Georgia, community. Offering the class "Creative Communication" on Mondays beginning on October 19th and concluding in December, InterPlay Atlanta will meet for an hour of instruction 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  
In this "Creative Communication class, students will have fun playing around with expressing what they have to say or not say while working in pairs, small and large groups, or alone. Using the improvisational system of InterPlay, they will be invited to speak without preparation and to make things up. In addition to expanding their story telling abilities, they will learn other ways to communicate using movement, voice, and stillness. Whether shy or outgoing, students can learn how to succeed at getting their message across more effectively and enjoy the process!

Most important of all, playing around as a creative communicator, students will have the opportunity to experience their own “wisdom”—what they know is true for themselves. Their uniqueness, tradition, and ways of doing things will be honored. 

Creative Communication Class Begins at the Clarkston Community Center


InterPlay Atlanta offers InterPlay twice a month at The Friendship Center, an outreach program of Holy Comforter Church, a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta.
The Friendship Center, an inclusive community, promotes the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty.
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.

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