The GRACE-ful Glee club inspired visitors through song on the steps of the historic Third County Courthouse to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.
The concert complements the newly introduced Sensory Sunday tours jointly offered by Historic Richmond Town’s educational interpreters in partnership with the GRACE Foundation.
GRACE-ful Glee performed a set of inspirational songs, including such powerful favorites as "I Believe I Can Fly," "I Found a Way," and "What Makes You Beautiful" to a standing room only crowd on Center Street in the heart of the historic village. The performers and their families then joined the museum-goers on a tour of the site with visiting interpreter Eli Gottesman.
The GRACE Foundation provides many innovative and progressive programs and services for children, teens, and young adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). GRACE-ful Glee has been directed by Julie Gottesman since its inception 2011. The club is designed to inspire individuals with autism to share their voices and the message of inclusion within the community through music, song, and dance.
Sensory Sundays is a tour that features a tactile and sensory experience in the form of touch objects within the historic or landmarked buildings. The stations are included to further immerse the visitors into three hundred years of Staten Island and New York city history. The tour is included with general museum admission. Guests begin their exploration at the Third County Courthouse, and visit the Stephens House and General Store, the Voorlezer’s House, and the Guyon-Lake-Tysen Farmhouse. At each stop guests have the unique opportunity to handle objects common to the time periods, including wooden plates and bowls, implements of weights and measures, and schoolchildren’s slate boards. A “Quiet Room” in the Historical Museum is available for children and families. Proceeds from Sunday admissions will benefit the partnering not-for-profit organizations.