The Inclusionist Manifesto
Jessica Szabo and Rich Theroux
The text on this piece was written by Rich Theroux of Rumble House Art Gallery and Studio as a means of staying true to the gallery's core beliefs and values. Rich and his partner Jessica Szabo are co-founders of Rumble House. Together they are the inclusionists and their manifesto, words they live by, are embroidered on this piece. The symbols were added as a border later to represent the community that inspired the manifesto itself. It was written in the spring of 2014 and embroidered by Jessica that summer while Rich, Jess and Oliver (Rich’s son) were living and working in Venice Beach, California. The symbols will be an ongoing evolution and will be added to as needed.
When one visits the Rumble House Art Gallery one feels welcomed, included, special and heard as Rumble House is a supportive community rejoicing creativity.
This art piece usually hangs in the studio space at the gallery and was graciously lent to us to begin our year here at Willow Park School to celebrate our diversity, inclusivity and our vibrant and creative way of seeing the world.
During our first week back at Willow Park the staff and students used the Inclusionist Manifesto as a means to define the word inclusion. The conversations sparked art work that beautifully spoke to the thoughts and ideas of students and how they see inclusion as integral part of our identity and of who we are as a school community. Below are some of the pieces that various classes created.