Accessible Festivals fiscally sponsored program Let’s Write About received a Creative Learning grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC) for “Let’s Write About Braille.” The grant will support the production of the episode as asynchronous content to be coupled with three live workshops for children of 3-8. The public workshops will focus on writing poetry with and celebrating braille. These sessions will include puppetry, movement work, and sensory play.

The episode will air on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Channel 1 on Saturday June 11th at 9:00am. Viewers without cable or outside Manhattan can live stream from the MNN site on the dates and times listed using the link: https://www.mnn.org/watch/channels/community-channel-1

The episode will film in the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book library, introducing the blind puppet Mole into the cast to tour the library and its resources with her friend Dragon. Mole will be acted and voiced by blind writer and actor Frankie Ann Marcille. The three public workshops will take place in August and be hosted at the New York Public Library’s Stravos Niarchos Foundation Library.

Donnie Welch, creator and producer of Let’s Write About, said, “We’re excited to bring the characters of Let’s Write About to life as part of the public workshop component. We’ve been wanting to utilize live puppetry to complement our asynchronous work and the Creative Learning Grant has given us the funds and connections to bring Dragon and Mole into the community!”

About Let’s Write About: Let’s Write About is an inclusive, born-accessible children’s educational show exploring social-emotional themes through creative writing and inspiring inquiry-based learning with movement and sensory activities kids of all abilities can do at home. A fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Accessible Festivals, the show carries on their sponsor’s mission by creating quality, accessible educational television.

About Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan. We envision New York City as a place in which artists and community in dialogue are creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.