The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region Seeking Artwork for Sixth Annual Sprout Film & Art Festival


Organization to highlight talent of local artists and international films in November

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR) will host the sixth annual Sprout Film & Art Festival on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Water’s Edge Events Center (4687 Millennium Drive) in Belcamp, MD. The event, which celebrates the talents of people with all abilities, will begin with the opportunity to browse and purchase beautiful art while enjoying light refreshments. Guests will then be entertained by short films from the renowned NYC company, Sprout. Top sponsors include Harford Mutual Insurance, Ravens Nest No. 1 of Harford County and M&T Bank.

The Arc NCR is seeking artwork submissions for the festival. Interested artists, with and without disabilities and of all skill levels, are invited to submit one piece, either two or three-dimensional, to 4513 Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen from Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All pieces are due by Friday, October 26. Artwork can be any medium but must be display-ready.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience an intimate glimpse into the lives of people with differing abilities with films that spark joy, sadness, laughter and hope. This year’s line-up includes “SurREALITY,” directed by Meg Vatterott, Huong Troung, Marta Payne and Olivia Liu, which features a gentleman named Anand. At the age of 57, Anand’s aspergers diagnosis brought a sense of validation with a lingering sadness. Although the loneliness and isolation felt throughout his whole life will never fade, his surreal and often misunderstood experiences now have binding reasons.

Randall and Sallie star in “Being Seen,” directed by Paul Zehrer.
Photo courtesy of Sproutflix.

“Being Seen,” directed by Paul Zehrer, is a combination of funny, acerbic, and heart-wrenching; these people’s candid and articulate self-awareness quickly shatter preconceptions of the disabled. Rather than defining themselves by their diagnosis, individuals (young and old) strive to create meaning, meet adversity and dream of their futures.

Corey Stewart, star of “Corey the Warrior,” loves painting turtle shells because the shells “keep them safe.” Photo courtesy of Sproutflix.

In “Corey the Warrior,” directed by Isabel Darling and filmed in Narooma, NSW, Australia, Corey tells the story of his life as an artist living with a brain injury. From doctors predicting he would not be able to do anything to painting and living a fulfilling life with only one functioning hand, Corey explains, “I can do anything.”

Artists whose piece is displayed at the festival can purchase a discounted event ticket for $8. Regular tickets are available for $12 per person online at or by calling 410-836-7177. Ticket includes refreshments, and a cash bar will be available. All proceeds benefit the services provided by The Arc NCR for individuals with differing abilities. To learn more about the Sprout Film & Art Festival, contact Patti Christopher, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at 410-836-7177, or

About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

For sixty-five years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and thrive in the community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit

About Sprout

Founded in 1979, Sprout is a private, nonprofit organization based in New York City that provides travel and recreational opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. The organization provides year-round travel and vacation programs, weekend-long music and arts festivals, and other events that showcase the talents of people with developmental disabilities. The annual Sprout Film Festival, created in 2003, presents film and video related to the field of developmental disabilities, made in the United States and abroad.

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