Saturday, September 24 @ 8pm

333 Rumsey Street SW

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503



To create art that alters people’s imaginations and cultural expectations

DisArt, devoted to changing perceptions about disabilities one work of art at a time, seeks submissions from fashion designers of ALL backgrounds of work that speaks to the disabled body.

Selected work will participate in DisArt Fashion Show in Grand Rapids, MI, on September 24, 2016, as part of the SiTE:LAB (http://site-lab.org/) installation at ArtPrize 2016, Rumsey Ramp.

Submit work by August 15 to:

Christopher Smit Chris@DisArtFestival.org David Rosen, drosen@omorecollege.edu

Include the following: Title of Proposed Submission; Keywords for Proposed Submission (up to five) ; Brief Description of Submission (500 words); CV; Brief Biographical Statements for Potential Participants; Presentation Needs (access, production, etc.)


DisArt Fashion Ramp Event

Employing Elevated Pathways as a platform for Disability Arts, DisArt is planning to produce its next fashion show during ArtPrize 2016 in collaboration with the award- winning arts organization Site: Lab. This fashion show will be the culmination of work between designers and Disabled Models. Celebrating the spectacle of the site itself, the show will push the expectations of design and fashion in hopes of redefining sentiments of style, access, and bodies.

The SiTE:LAB Project

Building on its award-winning 2015 Rumsey Street Project, Site:Lab and artists Paul Amenta, Alois Kronschlaeger, and Ted Lott return in 2016 to fuse spaces, expectations, and invention. Elevated Pathways, a centerpiece of the project, will connect multiple properties in the neighborhood, exemplifying the dynamism of contemporary art, inclusion, diversity, and access.

The Experience & Goals

Elevated Pathways promises to offer a wide variety of audiences an experience that transcends the normal boundaries of bodies and buildings. DisArt Fashion Show in particular seeks to change perceptions about

  •  what the human body looks like and how it behaves;
  • the role of clothing in enslaving or liberating both the bodies and ideas of the body;
  • the challenge of the disabled body to ideas of wholeness, well-being, and beauty.

DisArt will be hosting several cultural conversations and art performances on the ramps, including a Disability Fashion Show.

 The Audience

Beyond the general ArtPrize audience, invitation will go to disabled people, students, Rumsey Street neighbors, and a variety of arts organizations in Michigan and beyond.