FOOD COURT with The Necks, Community Resources
Part concert, part theatre show, FOOD COURT features the remarkable vision of Back to Back Theatre and the music of The Necks, who improvise a driving score for each performance. Below you will find organizations that deal directly with some of the issues that FOOD COURT presents. If you are interested in the past work and artistic vision of Back to Back Theatre please visit their company website at www.backtobacktheatre.com.
Also, click here to read an interview with local artists Suli Holum and David Bradley on FOOD COURT and Disability in Performance on the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Blog.
Anti-Violence / Bullying
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
Founded 30 years ago as a support groups for families who had lost a loved one to murder, the AVP strives to end the cycle of violence in Philadelphia through comprehensive and collaborative programs in local communities.
The Equality Project
The Equality Project works to achieve equality in all schools through challenging and working alongside administrators to find a solution to the unfortunately common problem of bullying in the Educational System. It believes in equality for all people.
No Place for Hate
No Place for Hate is a program that enables people to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of bigotry in their communities and schools. It seeks to provide a model for responding to and preventing acts of hatred and for developing projects that enhance an appreciation for diversity and foster harmony.
Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC)
PCVPC works to design, implement and evaluate programs that enhance the resiliency of communities affected by violence and strives to reduce the frequency and impact of youth violence, injury and death in communities of West and Southwest Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibilty
The Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility strive to Illuminate and address the root causes of interpersonal violence; heal those who have been the victims of, or have witnessed, interpersonal violence; model respectful alternatives to violent behavior; and inspire health care and other interested professionals to identify the causes of violence and work to promote healing and prevention.
School District of Philadelphia
The vision of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a positive educational setting for every student. In keeping with this vision, their office works, in alignment with the goals established in the Imagine 2014 Plan, to foster a positive single school culture that promotes a healthy learning environment for all students, by establishing a school-wide system of behavioral norms and expectations, which are fair and equitable for the school community.
Richard Johnson Center for Anti–Violence
Takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of violence in order to improve intervention and prevention efforts against violence in Philadelphia.
Body Image / Empowerment
American Anorexia / Bullimia Association
The American Anorexia / Bulimia Association of Philadelphia provides services and programs for anyone interested in or affected by, Anorexia, Bulimia and/or related disorders. Its purpose is to aid in the education and prevention of these life threatening disorders. Additionally, their referral programs and support groups assist in the treatment and recovery process
Equilibria (Psychological & Consultation Services)
Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services provides therapy and assessment services for a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and life challenges. It is the mission of Equilibria to help individuals achieve their personal potential and long term growth by compassionately and respectfully helping clients live in balance.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
NEDA is committed to providing help and hope to those affected by eating disorders. They offer the latest information, resources, action-oriented advocacy and media campaigns to educate the public and policymakers and, most importantly, instill a sense of community to people often feeling alone and overwhelmed in their struggle to access quality, affordable care.
National Organization of Women
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
Ploome & REQ. 1
Ploome and REQ. 1 combine innovative fitness and educational outreach to raise awareness and inspire social change. Ploome is a Pilates and movement arts boutique that celebrates body diversity and promotes social responsibility. It provides programming and financial support to REQ.1, its sister non-profit organization and studio partner. REQ.1 empowers victims of violence to transcend trauma and heal through movement and art. Together, Ploome and REQ.1 promote mindfulness and balanced living through physical activity, self-expression, and community connections.
SpeakUp! provides Youth, Educators and Parents the skills, opportunity and support to be heard on the critical issues of today. SpeakUp! enables youth to make positive life choices—and parents and educators to support them—as they navigate the journey to become happy, confident adults.
Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Jane Shure is one of the nation's leading authorities on resiliency, shame and self-esteem, has over 30 years of expertise in helping people claim their strengths, overcome their resistance to change, and expand their perception and mobilize forward movement. Named a "Top Doc for Women" by Philadelphia Magazine, Jane is known for her ability to simplify complex human dilemmas, communicate clearly and directly, boost people's self-confidence and promote emotional and relational health and well-being.
Renfrew provides women suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and related mental health problems, with the tools they need to succeed—in recovery and in life.
WomensHealth.gov offers informative, non-biased information and resources that can help young women conquer their body image and eating disorders.
Women's Therapy Center
Women's Therapy Center is a private, non-profit psychotherapy center providing affordable, high-quality therapeutic services for adult women in Philadelphia. Their goal is to empower women to live their best, healthiest and most powerful lives. WTC provides services from a feminist perspective, ensuring that women find the therapist and services that best meet their needs.
Acting Without Boundaries
AWB is a unique, year-round theater program that provides an open forum for the creative and artistic expression of children, teenagers and young adults with physical disabilities.
Amaryllis Theatre Company
Amaryllis is an inclusive professional theatre company whose mission is to produce new forms of theatre and encourage a richer sense of community by bringing together artists and audiences from all of Greater Philadelphia's diverse communities, including the Deaf community and the communities of people with disabilities.
Art Reach is devoted to bringing arts and cultural opportunities to the full range of underserved audiences. Each year their programs and services enable over 15,000 people with disabilities or economic disadvantages to enjoy the beauty and richness of the arts.
The Green Tree School in Germantown
Green Tree School is dedicated to improving the quality of life for students with special needs and their families. They connect students to effective academic,therapeutic, personal and vocational services that enable success throughout the lifespan.
Go Sprout (NYC)
Go Sprout facilitates theater programs for people with developmental disabilities.
International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers
IGODAP aims to be a globally recognized collective of artists and performers who identify with impairment and/or disability. It strives to provide opportunities for disabled artists and performers and to be a leading international authority on disability arts, performance and culture.
Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation
The PDDC annually supports nearly 400 people with developmental disabilities (and other disabilities) to help them develop the skills they need to lead independent, self-directed lives.
Check out the PDDC Blog.
Philadelphia Teaching Fellows Special Education Department
The Philadelphia Teaching Fellows (PTF) is an alternate route teacher certification program that recruits, selects, trains and places outstanding mid-career changers and recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are interested in joining the movement to bring teaching excellence to new heights in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).
SPIN (Special People In Northeast, Inc.)
SPIN provides the highest quality people-first services and supports for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities so that each may achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities.
Temple University Institute on Disabilities
The Institute on Disabilities leads by example, creating connections and promoting networks within and among communities so that people with disabilities are recognized as integral to the fabric of community life.
VSA Pennsylvania exists to develop and support inclusive arts education; promote universal access to cultural events and organizations; and provide opportunities in the arts for people with and without disabilities, including through its inclusive professional theatre, Amaryllis Theatre Company.