Outdoor pop-up theater and film event at The Grand highlights Georgians living with disabilities


MACON — A free outdoor film and pop-up theater event called Treasure Maps: The Georgia Storytelling Roadshow will take place at The Grand Opera House at 7:30 p.m. June 26. The event includes local celebrity hosts, food trucks and storytelling that will feature 10 Georgians living and thriving with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The feature of the roadshow evening will be a screening of Treasure Maps, a film collage of experiences with an up close and personal look into what it’s like navigating the complex web of life as a person with a developmental disability. Themes include starting a business, friendship, going to college, alienation and acceptance, dealing with the physical aspects of disability, and how transformative living a full inclusion life can be.

The show is touring in six cities across Georgia and chose Macon as one of the spots to advocate and present the free performance. Appearing alongside StoryMuse Founder/Creative Director Shannon Turner is local co-host George McCanless, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Georgia with show marshal Tamika Woods of River Edge Behavioral Health.

Before the show, there will be food trucks serving barbecue, shaved ice and snacks, as well as music from BluePrint Productions and a moment honoring local music legend Newton Collier. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Irene Turner of the Treasure Maps team notes, “Watching these stories all together is so fun; they create a gorgeous patchwork quilt, revealing pieces of the beautiful complexity of what it’s like to live with a disability in this state.”

Treasure Maps is presented by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and L’arche Atlanta. Local partners include The Grand Opera House and River Edge Behavioral Health. Free tickets can be reserved here.

Media Contact: Julia Rubens, rubens_ja@mercer.edu or (478) 301-2933

Julia Morrison is the director of arts marketing at Mercer University, where she seeks to promote The Grand Opera House, McEachern Art Center, Tattnall Square Center for the Arts, Townsend School of Music and the McDuffie Center for Strings.