DisArt believes that our communities are stronger when they intentionally include and recognize the gifts and talents of Disabled people.
All of our programs are intentionally created to change perceptions about disability by increasing the visibility of Disabled people, bridging the disabled and able-bodied communities, promoting a vibrant Disability culture, and improving the lived experience of disability within our cities.
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As seen on Conan and BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart, Samuel Comroe’s personal stand-up is universally hilarious. Diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at the age of six, he talks about living with the disorder while at the same time just trying to live. He won the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition and The Ricky Gervais Just Saying Stand-Up Competition.
In December 2016 Chris Smit, Executive Director of DisArt and host of the DIStopia Podcast, talked with artists and organizers at the prestigious Untitled: Art Fair.
Please check back to listen to recordings of these interviews as they will be available soon.
DisArt Symposium: Disability Arts Now! will gather together academics, critics, artists, community organizers, designers, and arts organization professionals to consider the current state of Disability Arts and its future, exploring together the multitude of dialogues embedded in the dynamic fusion of human disability and contemporary art.
Featuring Keynote Speakers: Riva Lehrer, Sara Hendren, Ruth Gould
DisArt Strives to...
people through art.
and honor disability as a natural human experience.
opportunities for people to gain a greater appreciation for the complex identities of those around them.
people about the role of disability in human life, the need for creative expression for all people, and the importance of community.
the social inclusion of people with disabilities by reducing the social barriers that might otherwise prevent them from engaging in the community.
to the sustainability of Grand Rapids by promoting its collective efforts to be an accessible and welcoming city.
Disability Arts have emerged as one of the most dynamic and culturally significant contemporary art practices of the last 20 years, gaining international momentum through exhibitions, performances and festivals. DisArt Symposium: Disability Arts Now! will gather together academics, critics, artists, community organizers, designers, and arts organization professionals to consider the current state of Disability Arts and its future, exploring together the multitude of dialogues embedded in the dynamic fusion of human disability and contemporary art.
Join us if you are an artist who wants a thoughtful audience, a critic who wants to explore a new idea, an arts organizer who wants to shape culture, a director or producer who wants to tap into at the world of disability art… This is your symposium.