"Inclusion Starts with Me" at this Year's Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Publication date: 
August 15, 2018

Join ICI at the Minnesota State Fair this year as the organization brings its message of inclusivity to the fair-going public for the sixth straight year. Each year, ICI puts together a team of creative volunteers to collaborate and coordinate our booth and a State Fair experience that celebrates the impact of people with disabilities living in their communities. This year's approach includes two new "graffiti walls" that invite the public to share, in their own words, their support of the following: 1) "Inclusion starts with me because..." and 2) "I support disability research because..."

"We all have a part to play in living in an inclusive society," says project organizer Connie Burkhart. The "Inclusion Starts with Me" theme is supported with new hand-drawn artwork conceived of by graphic designer Sarah Hollerich. Fairgoers will also be able to pose for pictures in new hand-held photo frames that will be featured on ICI's Facebook page. Creative give-aways will be shared with all booth visitors, including stories of individuals with disabilities thriving on their own. In addition to Burkhart, State Fair committee members include Tony Baisley, Claire Benway, Priscilla Brinkmann, Kristin Dean, Heidi Eschenbacher, and Chet Tschetter. The ICI team will be at the Fair on Tuesday, August 28 at the U of M building on Dan Patch Avenue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The team invites you to visit with us.