Kimberly Smith advocates the conscious evolution of inclusive community living, art and commerce because he knows this is a powerful way to foster innovation, adaptability, joy, and prosperity for everyone. He passionately supports The Alexander Society for Special Needs which teaches people how to use traditional and creative arts as catalysts for individual and social development. He is voluntary chairperson for the Community Association of People for REAL Enterprise which encourages the creation of new businesses that are inspired by and support individuals who have been labelled with intellectual disabilities. He volunteers as adviser for Kings County People First which is dedicated to demonstrating and advocating inclusive neighborhoods, work and cultural life. He also volunteers as a champion for the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living.
Kimberly achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in performance from York University in 1981. He has worked extensively in theater, film and television since that time. His professional experience ranges from being an actor to a set technician, artistic director, writer, musician and video maker. He began teaching movie making in 1994. His uniquely accessible approach combines the essential principles of film language with group improvisational games and consumer video technology.
Areas of Expertise
Video Director, Group Creativity Facilitator, Video Improvisation Ensemble Coach, Inventor of Movie Games
An idea worth spreading
Improvisational play can be very fruitful for community cultural and economic life when practiced regularly by groups of diverse people of all ages and abilities. Slight shifts in individual perspectives provided by this kind of creative activity can change vision from ordinary to extraordinary. - A person labeled intellectually challenged can be embraced as a person who is intellectually challenging -a rich creative opportunity -a highly valued part of community. What happens to us collectively if we rise to meet the challenge persons like this offer?
I'm passionate about
Engaging in creative social activities like jamming music, drama and improvisational video making with divers groups of people.
Talk to me about
ways to encourage as many people as possible to embrace the practice of fostering cultural and intellectual diversity as vital components of community social health and economic progress.
People don't know I'm good at
being as quiet, gentle, and empathic as I can be aggressive and domineering.
My TED story
On January 18, 1991, my thirty fourth birthday, my son Brendon had a thorough neurological examination at the IWK Hospital in Halifax. A CT scan revealed that the left ventricular cavity in his brain was twice normal size. He had this big hole in his brain! I asked Dr. Gordon, our neurologist what this meant. He said it meant Brendon would experience severe global developmental delay. I was devastated. The last thing I wanted in my life was a challenge of this sort. All I could do was think about me and the imagined drudgery I would go through for the rest of my life... "How far can Brendon develop?" I asked. At this point, Dr. Gordon said, "We know less about the brain than we know about the stars. All I know is you have to stimulate him as much as possible and trust your instincts." - Good thing my partner, Kathleen and I were both practicing artists! Brendon became our teacher and lead us to a whole new way of being. It turned out to be a great birthday present!