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July 22, 2020

Disability Studies and Self-Advocacy in the Cultural Field

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

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

An introduction to disability studies by scholars and self-advocates, focusing on roles and representation in the arts.

Join the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) for this panel on disability studies and how it can inform the cultural world. Disability studies and self-advocacy challenge us to reject disability as an individual deficit and examine the ways in which disability is both constructed and experienced collectively.

This panel is designed to give participants historical perspective on disability rights with a focus on the roles of people with disabilities in the arts. The panel will center lived experience, with a focus on the perspectives of self-advocates and activists with disabilities. Participants will learn from a diverse set of approaches to disability, challenge their perception of disability history and the pressing issues of today, and leave with tangible ideas to take back to cultural organizations.