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, 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.
DisArt made its debut with the inaugural DisArt Festival in April 2015. Considered a grand success, this international festival attracted more than 48,700 visitors who enjoyed a variety of exhibitions, performances, and workshops centered on Disability Arts and Culture.
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.