VISIBILITY, VALUE, IDENTITY

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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Partner Event

DisArt and Celebration!Cinema enjoyed an evening of film and discussion on Wednesday, December 7 for a special showing of the documentary Gleason.

Gleason will be playing at Celebration!Cinema Woodland for the month of December.

 

Learn more about the Indie Film Series

DIStopia Podcast Broadcasted LIVE from Miami Beach

Last week Chris Smit, Executive Director of DisArt and host of the DIStopia Podcast, will be talking 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.

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DisArt Symposium 2017

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

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DisArt Fashion Show

ELEVATE: A DisArt Fashion Show

8 local Disabled models were given an opportunity to shine in front of over 2000 audience members, over 35 feet in the air!

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DisArt Strives to...

CONNECT

people through art.

CELEBRATE

and honor disability as a natural human experience.

CREATE

opportunities for people to gain a greater appreciation for the complex identities of those around them.

EDUCATE

people about the role of disability in human life, the need for creative expression for all people, and the importance of community.

INCREASE

the social inclusion of people with disabilities by reducing the social barriers that might otherwise prevent them from engaging in the community.

CONTRIBUTE

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.

 

 

DIStopia Podcast is live this week from Miami Beach at the Untitled, Art fair of the amazing Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair.

Click the image and hit the “Listen Live” button on Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday at 2 PM EST.

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