my life | July 26-September 29, 2023 | Blythe Brenden-Mann Community Center at MIDB

The my life art exhibition is a window into the daily lives of transition students from three countries and their dreams for the future. The exhibition is in collaboration with three transition projects, two of which are international. The third collaborator is a Project of National Significance focused on the transition of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Minnesota, led by Renáta Tichá. Youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from Minnesota, Singapore, and the Czech Republic share photos of their transition from school to adult life.

To view the exhibit please schedule a showing. Email Nik Fernholz at

Photo Exhibit Survey |

Please, review the photos in the exhibit, and as you are doing so, write down any impressions you have while focusing on the Minnesota, Singapore and Czech sets of images the students took or created about their transition to adulthood experiences. Your responses will be anonymous. The form can be found at

Brief description of each project

Czech Republic project: Online Gallery

PEDAL project: University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Education

Funded by the Czech Science Foundation

The aim of the PEDAL (researching transitions of young people with intellectual disabilities) project is to fill the gaps in the current knowledge of the lived experience of young people with intellectual disabilities in the key period of transition from school to adult life. The research team combines social science methods with performative arts and new media approaches in an innovative way.

Cílem projektu PEDAL (výzkum přechodů mladých lidí s mentálním postižením) je vyplnit mezery v dosavadním poznání o prožité zkušenosti mladých lidí s mentálním postižením v klíčovém období přechodu ze školy do dospěléhoživota . Výzkumný tým inovativním způsobem kombinuje výzkumné společenskovědní metody s performativním uměním a přístupy nových médií.

Minnesota, USA project: Online Gallery

A Community-Based, Collaborative Transition Model for Minnesota Youth with IDD

Funded by the Administration on Community Living

The goal of this 5-year Project of National Significance is to map current transition practices and to work with the project partners, including transition programs, high schools, and state and local agencies, to implement strategies to improve the experiences and outcomes of youth and young adults with IDD in Minnesota.

Singapore project: Online Gallery

Developing Regenerative Societies Through Inclusion and Diversity: A US-Singapore Project to Support Youth with Disabilities and Their Families in Transition from School to the Community.

Funded by the US Embassy in Singapore

The goal of this collaboration between the US (Minnesota) and Singapore is to develop a transition toolkit for mapping and sharing transition experiences of youth with IDD in Singapore and in Minnesota using multimedia.