Doctors advised Julie Baldyga's parents to institutionalize her, saying that she could be a danger to herself and others. Fortunately, her parents didn't take the advice: Julie grew up to be a luminous human and a brilliant, prolific artist.
A book about Baldyga's art is long overdue. This collection of oil pastels, ceramics and photos of “heavenly people”—400 life-size human figures—will not only showcase this incredible artist but also serve as a poignant reminder of what is possible when we refuse to write people off.
The Louisville Story Program strengthens the bonds of community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. Through rigorous writing and oral history workshops, and with professional editorial support, participating LSP authors from historically underrepresented communities document the richness of lived experience in Louisville communities from the inside out, and in their own words. "In Heaven Everyone Will Shake Your Hand" was released in conjunction with KMAC Musuem's Julie Baldyga's Heavenly People exhibition.
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