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Climbing with Tigers

Nathan Glad (L) and Dallas Graham, co-authors of CLIMBING WITH TIGERS.

  Thursday, we’re talking about the role of art in the lives of critically ill children. Our jumping off point is the Red Fred Project. Local artist Dallas Graham partners with kids to bring a story they tell to life as a book. Utahn Nathan Glad was his first co-author, and CLIMBING WITH TIGERS is now a play at Salt Lake Acting Company. Doug is joined by Graham, actor Robert Scott Smith, and art therapist Tracy Councill to talk about how the creative process empowers children and teaches us all.

  • The staged version of Climbing With Tigers runs through March 27th at Salt Lake Acting Company. For tickets and information, click here.
  • Learn more about the Red Fred Project, where you can also buy copies of books created with critically ill children. Proceeds help with families' medical expenses.
  • The play Climbing With Tigers  was created in partnership with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory
  • Tracy Councill is Art Therapy Program Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology-OncologyMedstar Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington D.C. She's also founder and program director of Tracy's Kids, which works with young cancer patients and their families.

  • Intermountain Health Care’s Primary Children’s Hospital has just hired an art therapist to create an art therapy program for their young patients.

  • Also check out Utah Art Therapy Association

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.