The projects, which received $25,000 each, were chosen for improving our sense of community through the power of arts and wellness.
Two project teams comprising of UCF researchers and community partners were named winners of the 2022 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation award. Each team was granted $25,000 to help fund their respective initiatives.
This year’s winning projects respond to the theme of “No Place Like Home,” focusing on collaboration with organizations and diverse communities to strengthen our sense of place through arts and wellness. Now in its fifth year, these are the ninth and tenth project teams to receive a Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation award.
One of the winning projects is Pegasus PlayLab: Building a Shared Home. UCF’s Pegasus PlayLab is an annual festival dedicated to developing plays by emerging playwrights for performance at Theatre UCF. Building on this model, UCF’s School of Performing Arts and the College of Community Innovation and Education will partner with Best Buddies of Florida to offer Pegasus PlayLab to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their neurotypical peers.
Researchers from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Community Innovation and Education, College of Nursing, and Best Buddies of Florida include:
- Julia Listengarten, Pegasus Professor, artistic director and graduate program director in the School of Performing Arts
- Rebecca Hines, associate professor in the College of Community Education and Innovation
- Kim Wehagen, area director of Best Buddies
- Keri Watson, associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design
- Vandy Wood, associate professor in the School of Performing Arts
- Elizabeth Kinchen, associate professor in the College of Nursing
- Sage Tokach ’22MFA, guest artist and Director of Education at New London Barn Playhouse
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