Community Investment Fund Recipient Announced
The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce Summit Independent Living Center (ILC) as the inaugural award recipient of the Community Investment Fund!
Summit ILC, in collaboration with BASE (a project offering a safe place to learn and display the arts and advocacy), Missoula’s Homegrown Comedy (a group of local comics), A Paper Crane (an education-through-arts organization) and the Crystal Theatre, will use the small cash award for “Missoula LIVE!!”, a ten-week communication-through-improvisation program that will culminate in a live comedy/variety show. Organizers will recruit up to 30 cast members with and without a disability. Summit ILC staff says, “By collaborating with other community organizations and including people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities in the cast and crew, as well as having a final program that is held at a public venue and promoted to the public as a whole, ‘Missoula LIVE!!’ exemplifies interdependent living not just for those participants with a disability but more importantly for the entire community.”
The Community Investment Fund is made available annually for innovative projects that help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities.
The Rural Institute received a number of excellent applications for this first year of the Community Investment Fund. Thank you to all applicants, and congratulations to Summit!