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July 8, 2020

Disability Justice and the Arts: Listening and Learning for Reinvention

Hosted by Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

We challenge the cultural community to engage in conversations around disability justice to reinvent their organizations as more just.

As cultural organizations look toward rebuilding after the shutdown precipitated by the pandemic, it is imperative that these organizations listen to the voices of the disability community to make justice part of the design rather than an afterthought. True inclusion and access can only come if organizations engage in Disability Justice.

Judy Heumann, a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities who is featured in the Netflix documentary Crip Camp, will frame the conversation. Then a panel of disabled artists and cultural workers will offer reflections and experiences for growth and change.

This event challenges the cultural community – arts organizations including theaters, museums, historic houses and concert halls and libraries – to listen and learn from the voices of disabled artists and cultural workers and engage in conversations around disability justice in order to reinvent their organizations as more just institutions.

Disability Justice and the Arts: Listening and Learning for Reinvention is presented in partnership with A.R.T./New York. https://www.art-newyork.org/

Panelists:

Ezra Benus, artist, poet, and curator
Jerron Herman, interdisciplinary artist
Alexandria Wailes, actor, director, dancer, and educator
Regan Linton, Artistic Director of Phamaly Theatre Company
Russell Hill, Administrative Office Assistant at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and Meditation Specialist at JobPath NYC

This panel event will have live captioning and ASL interpretation.

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