Broadcast Featuring Itzhak Perlman and Young Disabled/Neurodivergent Musicians Airing March 27 – April 2, 2023
Plus: Youth-Led Virtual Forums Co-Hosted with Kennedy Center VSA April 3-4, 2023
& Daily Joy Series
This spring, From the Top will deliver a multi-pronged special initiative devoted to increasing inclusivity and transparency for disabled artists.
In 2021, From the Top introduced Julia LaGrand, a 16-year-old violinist who spoke candidly about being a musician who is also blind. After LaGrand’s episode aired, she approached From the Top with a bold vision of advocating for musicians like her.
“I’d like to raise awareness – and expectations – for musicians who happen to have disabilities,” said LaGrand. “We deserve opportunities to shine and From the Top is the perfect platform to highlight these young artists, allowing them to share their stories of being a musician and a person living with a disability in today’s world.”
From the Top Executive Director Gretchen Nielsen agreed.
“We have a responsibility to use From the Top’s platform to bring important ideas and issues to the public,” said Nielsen. “We also recognize that this is a tremendous opportunity for us to learn. Our alumna Julia LaGrand, the young musicians featured on the broadcast, and our partners at the Kennedy Center are all helping guide our journey toward increasing access in our work.”
Through broadcasts, social media, and a partnership with the Kennedy Center’s Office of Accessibility and VSA, From the Top is spotlighting young disabled and/or neurodivergent musicians who will share their talents and tell their stories in their own words.
READ MORE ABOUT JULIA’S STORY IN THE BOSTON GLOBE.
Meet Julia LaGrand, Co-Host and Content Advisor
About the Broadcast
Disability & Classical Music Today with Kennedy Center’s Office of Accessibility & VSA
Julia LaGrand will facilitate a conversation with Adrian Anantawan, Ophira Calof, Lloyd Coleman, Cristina Jones about navigating careers in music and disability.
Disability-Only Space: Networking Event | April 4 at 7pm ET
Young disabled and/or neurodivergent musicians are invited to gather for a virtual conversation.