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We're a diverse cohort of people in Kern County, CA exploring the big picture of "belonging" in the community... but in a personal way.

Thank you for visiting our project page!

“Include Me: the Democracy of Inclusion” is the working title of a 30-minute documentary that is being produced by the Arts Council of Kern, and created by STORY LAB - a cohort of emerging filmmakers with developmental differences, teaching artists representing a variety of genres, social scientists and community leaders.

Over a period of six months, this team surveyed Kern County residents—rich and poor, urban and rural—on their perception of disability and inclusion. The results of these surveys are now being compiled and examined, but in a unique way.

Coming to our conclusions
Einstein reportedly had a sign hanging in his Princeton office that said, “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” In the spirit of Einstein, we will integrate artistic media (painting, acting, animation, etc.) into the process of analysis; expanding our ability to hear, understand and absorb the opinions we encounter.

The team will weave the survey results together with members’ own artistic responses and a behind-the-scenes “documentary of the documentary” to create a picture of what one county in California is doing to include all its citizenry.

Sharing the film
“Include Me: the Democracy of Inclusion” will premiere in Bakersfield in December, and be screened in Taft, Shafter, Delano, Lake Isabella, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Tehachapi, Arvin and Frazier Park. Each screening will giving local residents the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, and see the original art created in the documentary.

We have been very fortunate to receive a $10,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities (CalHum). Yay for us!

BUT... we still need matching funds in order to even touch this $10,000! We have raised some of it, but we are still $7,000 short. So, your contribution to this effort is like our receiving $30,000! And every dollar counts!

FAQ

  • The $7000 is how much we need in order to meet our matching funds commitment to CalHum. If we get it, our bare-bones budget will have been met.

    If we are able to raise more than $7000, we will be able to invest in more art supplies, pay the editor something that comes a bit closer to what she is actually worth, and also reimburse people for the tons of money they've been spending on gas getting around Kern County. Did you know our county is the size of Belgium?

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  • If we reach our goal of $7000, then yes. We will contact you and ask you for your t-shirt size.

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  • That was two questions.

    1) Krista is into making paper mache masks. Jamie is a water colorist. Lester uses acrylics and charcoal. John is into mixed media sculpture. Kaity's a ceramicist. Lavon's a poet. Michael and Fabian make film-poems. Jill's a photographer. Jo does everything. Rosi and Shari haven't decided yet.

    2) Yes, it'll be display-worthy.

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