Introducing Timothy Bellavia, Our Gala Honoree

Photo credit: Lola Flash

In just a few days, on April 20, Flushing Town Hall will host our 38th Annual Gala, and we have some amazing honorees. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Bellavia.

Timothy is an award-winning children’s author, illustrator, and educator, and best known for his education research through his We Are All The Same Inside® children’s book series and accompanying Sage doll.

A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Pratt Institute, he has collaborated with Sesame Workshop, been a backup dancer to Cyndi Lauper, and earned a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship Grant and Lambda Award nomination for Outstanding Biography (“Pieces of Ice”) in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor of the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and University System in New York City. He was awarded “Outstanding Educator of the Year” at the Harvard Club of New York, and is the current recipient of a Flushing Town Hall Space Grant.

His first children’s book, “We Are All The Same Inside” (2000), received a Christopher Award nomination for Best Children’s Picture Book (2001), and became the basis for a series of stories that center around Sage, a friendly and wise space alien who comes to earth to remind us all of our common humanity. Sage is the basis of a series of doll-making workshops that were launched at United Nation’s International Day for Tolerance in 2003, and led to a multi-year contract with the City of New York and New York City Department of Education.

The We Are All The Same Inside® doll-making workshop is part of two upcoming Spring 2017 Flushing Town Hall programs, where it will be utilized to foster a safe and supportive space for all children, free of discrimination, intimidation, and bullying.

To learn more about the gala, visit us here.

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