Kate Pew Wolters - DisArt Festival

FESTIVAL PROGRAM
ART IS
EVERY
BODY
Kate Pew Wolters
Disability Advocates of Kent County
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
CWD Real Estate Investment
Venue Addresses and Hours
DisArt Hub
50 Louis St. NW
Tuesday–Saturday 12PM–8PM
Sunday, 12PM–6PM
Urban Institute for
Contemporary Arts (UICA)
2 Fulton St. West
Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-9PM
Sunday, 12PM–6PM
Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)
101 Monroe Center St. NW
Tuesday-Wednesday, 10AM–5PM
Thursday, 10AM–9PM
Friday-Saturday, 10AM–5PM
Sunday, 12PM–5 PM
The Fed Galleries @ KCAD
Woodbridge N. Ferris Building (KCAD)
17 Pearl St. NW.
DisArt Festival Hours
Monday-Friday, 11AM–8AM
Saturday-Sunday, 11AM–6PM
250 Monroe Street Gallery
250 Monroe, Calder Building, second-floor
Tuesday–Thursday 5PM–8PM
Friday–Saturday 12PM–8PM
Sunday, 12PM–6PM
Calvin College
(106) Gallery and Studio
106 S. Division
Wednesday, 12PM-9PM
Thursday-Saturday, 12PM-8PM
Richard App Gallery
910 Cherry St. SE
Special Hours, April 12, 12PM–6PM
Tuesday-Friday, 11AM–7PM
Saturday, 11AM–5PM
Map
SPONSORS
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
DisArt Festival 2015 would not be possible
without the financial support of the following
Visionary Sponsors
DISART FESTIVAL KICKOFF
AND CURATOR TALKS
Chris Smit (DisArt) & Ruth Gould
(DaDaFest) welcome, followed
by Amanda Cachia and Aaron
Williamson, Art of the Lived
Experiment Curator Talk
6PM-6:45PM GRAM
KATE PEW
WOLTERS
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT OPENING
RECEPTION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL OPENING: 250
MONROE STREET GALLERY
6PM–9PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
DisArt Festival 2015 would also like to offer it’s
gratitude to the following organizations for being
Thought Leader Sponsors
LOCAL ARTIST EXHIBITION
AND
DISART HUB OPENING
(Robert Coombs New Works
Opening)
6PM–9PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF
TOM OLIN OPENING
6PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
THE OLIMPIAS COLLECTIVE
SALAMANDER PROJECT
Films and Photographs
6PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
Lower Level
YEAR OF ARTS + ACCESS:
ART.DOWNTOWN. BLOCK
PARTY
6PM KCAD
BRIAN CATLING AND WENDY
JACOB PERFORMANCES
Art of the Lived Experiment Artists
7:00PM–8:30PM KCAD
BOOK RECEPTION FOR
PETRA KUPPERS
Studying Disability Arts and Culture
(Palgrave 2014)
7:30PM–9PM 106 Gallery and
Studio Lower Level
PETRA KUPPERS BOOK
RECEPTION/SCREENING OF
THE OLIMPIAS PROJECT’S
SALAMANDER SERIES
Calvin College 106 Gallery and
Studio
LAURA SWANSON ARTIST TALK,
PERFORMANCE BY ARTIST
RAPHAËLLE DE GROOT
Art of the Lived Experiment Artists
8:30PM–10PM UICA
Schedule of Events
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
GALLERY TALK
Tom Olin (photographer) and
Elizabeth VanArragon (curator)
10AM–11AM (106) Gallery
and Studio
SIMON RAVEN PERFORMANCE
Art of the Lived Experiment
2:30PM UICA
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
RAPHAËLLE DE GROOT ARTIST
PERFORMANCE
Art of the Lived Experiment
3PM UICA
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION
Discussion with local photographers
Robert Andy Coombs, Christine Gribble,
and Bri Luginbill about identity and
empowerment through images.
7PM DisArt Hub
BRIAN CATLING ARTIST
PERFORMANCE
Art of the Lived Experiment
12PM KCAD
AARON WILLIAMSON ARTIST
PERFORMANCE
Art of the Lived Experiment
1PM KCAD
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT: FAMILY DAY
Art of the Lived Experiment
1PM–4PM UICA
ART OF THE LIVED EXPERIMENT
EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
YEAR OF ARTS + ACCESS:
KICKOFF EXPO
1PM–5PM DisArt Hub
KATE MAHONY PERFORMANCE DISART HUB ROBERT COOMBS
Art of the Lived Experiment
NEW WORKS
2PM UICA
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–8PM (106) Gallery
and Studio
RAPHAËLLE DE GROOT ARTIST
PERFORMANCE
Art of the Lived Experiment
2PM UICA
RIVA LEHRER ARTIST TALK
7PM DisArt Hub
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–6PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–6PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS + ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–6PM DisArt Hub
MONDAY, APRIL 13
All exhibits/venues are closed
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–8PM (106) Gallery and Studio
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ADAPTIVE DESIGN
PRESENTATION
Moderator Elizabeth VanArragon,
Calvin College; Presentations: Calvin
College and KCAD students
7PM | DisArt Hub
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS + ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
Schedule of Events
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
DISART FASHION WORKSHOP/
DISCUSSION
9AM–10:30AM KCAD
DISART FASHION SHOW &
AFTER PARTY/RECEPTION
7PM–9PM KCAD
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–8PM (106) Gallery and Studio
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
PANEL DISCUSSION: ART
AND ACTIVISM
Moderator Elizabeth VanArragon,
Calvin College; Participants: George
Bayard, Bayard Fine Art Consulting;
Brett Colley, GVSU; Leroy Moore,
Krip Hop Nation; Carrie Sandahl,
U of I Chicago; Sandie Yi, Chicago
3:30PM DisArt Hub
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–8PM (106) Gallery and Studio
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
FAMILY ACTIVITY DAY AT THE
UICA Art of the Lived Experiment
1PM–4PM UICA
SLAM POETRY AND COMEDY
PERFORMANCE
Liz Carr and Leroy Moore
7PM | DisArt Hub
DISART FAMILY FEST
3PM–5PM, Open House,
Directed by Arts in Motion Studio
5:30PM Free Showing of Shrek
Celebration Cinema North
2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART INDEPENDENT FILM
FESTIVAL KICKOFF RECEPTION
AND SCREENING
Special Guest: American Horror
Story’s Mat Fraser
6PM–9PM UICA
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–6 DisArt Hub
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–6PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–6PM DisArt Hub
MONDAY, APRIL 20
DISART INDEPENDENT
FILM FESTIVAL
Evening Topic: Disability in Motion
Special Guest: Filmmakers Simi
Linton & Christian Von Tippelskirch
6PM–9PM UICA
All exhibits/venues are closed
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
DISART INDEPENDENT
FILM FESTIVAL
Evening Topic: Desiring Disability
6PM–9PM UICA
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ARTIST’S TALK, ROBERT ANDY
COOMBS
7PM–8PM DisArt Hub
Schedule of Events
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
DISART INDEPENDENT FILM
FESTIVAL FINALE
Evening Topic: The Rise of Global
Independent Disability Cinema
Special Guest: Director of DisArt
Festival, Christopher R. Smit, PhD
6PM–9PM UICA
ADA LEGACY TOUR BUS WITH
CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER
TOM OLIN
10AM–4PM DisArt Hub
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM– 8PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
5PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM –9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
CREATING INCLUSIVE FESTIVALS
DISCUSSION
local festival directors and planners
12PM | DisArt Hub
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–8PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
PANEL DISCUSSION, DISART
LOCAL ARTISTS
Moderator: Elizabeth VanArragon;
Participants Marylu Dykstra,
Reyna Garcia and others
7PM–8:30PM DisArt Hub
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–8PM DisArt Hub
ADA LEGACY TOUR BUS WITH
CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER
TOM OLIN
12PM–5PM DisArt Hub
DISART PERFORMANCE
DIS-STORIES
Directed by Arts in Motion Studio
7PM–8:30PM Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
DISART FESTIVAL CLOSING
RECEPTION
8:30PM-10PM Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
ART OF THE LIVED
EXPERIMENT EXHIBITION
UICA, GRAM, KCAD (see hours p. 2)
DISART LOCAL: EXHIBITION
12PM–5PM 250 Monroe Street
Gallery
ROBERT COOMBS NEW WORKS
12PM–5PM DisArt Hub
ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: THE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
12PM–8PM (106) Gallery and Studio
YEAR OF ARTS+ACCESS:
EXHIBITORS
12PM–5PM DisArt Hub
CONVERSATION WITH
PHOTOGRAPHER TOM OLIN
On the Road Again: The ADA
Legacy Tour
10AM–11AM DisArt Hub
FAMILY ACTIVITY DAY AT THE
UICA
Art of the Lived Experiment
1PM–4PM UICA
PROGRESSIVE OPENING OF ALE
OPENING OF DISART LOCAL
April 10 6PM-10PM UICA, GRAM, KCAD
April 10 6PM–9PM 250 Monroe Street Gallery
Art of the Lived Experiment is the centerpiece of the DisArt Festival.
This exhibition was recently seen at DaDa Fest in Liverpool, England,
and will be making its U.S. premiere in Grand Rapids. Art of the Lived
Experiment will feature the work of more than 19 internationally
renowned disability artists, including sculptor Tony Heaton and
performance artist Simon Raven. In addition to these works, seven
additional North American pieces have been commissioned for the
U.S., including those by mixed-media artist Jeremy Burleson and
performance artist Raphaelle de Groot.
Robert Andy Coombs
Marylu Dykstra
Tony Heaton, Gold Lamé
Reyna Garcia
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
OPENING OF ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOM OLIN
OPENING OF THE DISART HUB
April 10 6PM–9PM DisArt Hub 50 Louis St. NW
April 10 6PM–9PM Calvin College 106 S. Division Gallery
Meet the photographer!
DisArt Hub
Tom Olin
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
PETRA KUPPERS BOOK RECEPTION/
SCREENING OF THE OLIMPIAS
PROJECT'S SALAMANDER SERIES
THE RISK PICTURES: RIVA LEHRER
ARTIST TALK
April 12 7PM DisArt Hub
BOOK RECEPTION FOR
PETRA KUPPERS
Studying Disability Arts and Culture (Palgrave 2014)
April 10 7:30PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio Lower Level
THE OLIMPIAS COLLECTIVE SALAMANDER PROJECT
Films and Photographs
April 10 6PM–9PM (106) Gallery and Studio Lower Level
Petra Kuppers
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
Riva Lehrer
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
FASHION WORKSHOP
AND RUNWAY SHOW WITH
OPEN STYLE LAB
DISART FASHION WORKSHOP/DISCUSSION
April 17 9:30AM–11AM KCAD
DISART FASHION SHOW & AFTER PARTY/RECEPTION
April 17 7PM–9PM KCAD
Nicole Jimenez
FAMILY DAYS
EVERY SATURDAY AT THE UICA
Using colorful paper, straws, and pipe cleaners, families will work
together to create their own hanging sculpture inspired by the work
of Jeremy Burleson. Each family member will have an important role
to play in this hands-on activity, so invite your friends and join UICA in
celebrating collaboration during the DisArt Festival.
Grace Teo
Jeremy Burleson, Lamps
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
DISART FAMILY FEST
April 19 3PM Celebration Cinema North
Fun for the whole family - big and little kids alike! Join us for this
family-friendly event that is sure to put a smile on your face. Interactive
art-making workshops, dance, music, storytelling, free group-screening
of the film Shrek, and more! Everyone is welcome!
DISART INDEPENDENT
FILM FESTIVAL
Curated by Dr. David Mitchell and Dr. Sharon L. Snyder
APRIL 19 – 22 | 6PM | UICA | FREE
Join us for the most extensive collection of
Disability Independent Cinema ever collected!
Several filmmakers will be on hand for discussions
with audiences.
APRIL 19 OPENING RECEPTION
Special guest Mat Fraser of American Horror Story
APRIL 20 DISABILITY IN MOTION
Simi Linton
APRIL 22 SCREENING DISABILITY
Closing Lecture by David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder
Mat Fraser
Sharon Snyder
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
David Mitchell
Simi Linton
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
DISART CLOSING PERFORMANCE:
DIS-STORIES
Directed by Arts in Motion
April 25 7PM-8:30PM Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Music, Art, Theatre, Dance, Song, and more. This is not just
our stories, it’s our DisStories.
DISART TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
APRIL 10
APRIL 18
DISART FESTIVAL KICKOFF
Christopher Smit (Director of
DisArt), Ruth Gould (Director of
DaDaFest), and "Art of the Lived
Experiment" Curators Amanda
Cachia and Aaron Williamson
6PM | GRAM
ARTS AND ACTIVISM
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator Elizabeth VanArragon,
Calvin College; Participants:
George Bayard, Bayard Fine Art
Consulting; Brett Colley, GVSU;
Leroy Moore, Krip Hop Nation;
Carrie Sandahl, U of I Chicago;
Sandie Yi, Chicago
3:30PM | DisArt Hub
BOOK RECEPTION FOR
STUDYING DISABILITY
PARTS AND CULTURE
Author Petra Kuppers
7:30PM | Calvin College 106 S.
Division Gallery
ARTIST TALK | Laura Swanson
8:30PM | UICA
APRIL 11
ARTIST TALK | Tom Olin
10AM | Calvin College,
106 South Division Gallery
APRIL 12
ARTIST TALK | Riva Lehrer
7PM | DisArt Hub
APRIL 16
ADAPTIVE DESIGN
PRESENTATION
Moderator Elizabeth VanArragon,
Calvin College; Presentations:
Calvin College and KCAD students
7PM | DisArt Hub
SLAM POETRY AND COMEDY
PERFORMANCE
Liz Carr and Leroy Moore
7PM | DisArt Hub
APRIL 23
DISART LOCAL ARTISTS
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Elizabeth VanArragon;
Participants Marylu Dykstra,
Reyna Garcia, Robert Andy
Coombs and others
7PM | DisArt Hub
APRIL 24
CREATING INCLUSIVE
FESTIVALS DISCUSSION
Local festival directors and
festival planners
12PM | DisArt Hub
APRIL 17
DISART FASHION WORKSHOP/
DISCUSSION
9AM | KCAD
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
All DisArt Festival events are accessible, free, and open to the public. If
you have any access needs for these events please contact [email protected]
DisArtfestival.org
THE ADA LEGACY BUS
IN GRAND RAPIDS!
April 24 10 AM-4 PM parked outside the DisArt Hub
The ADA Legacy Tour is rolling across the country raising awareness
and building excitement toward ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015!
The Tour:
See the “Road to Freedom” ADA Bus that has traveled to 48
states in 2007 to raise support for the ADA Amendments Act
Learn about the ADA Legacy Project and its effort to preserve
of disability history; celebrate disability history milestones; and
educate future generations of disability advocates;
Post your thoughts and illustrate the difference the ADA has
made in your life in the “Because of the ADA . . .” booth.
Make your mark on the ADA quilt by adding your signature to
thousands of others who have participated in the Tour;
Check out displays on the history of the Road to Freedom Tour;
Collect handouts on The ADA Legacy Project and the ADA
UICA ACCESS APP
PRESENTED BY UNIVERSAL MIND
The ‘UICA Access’ app gives everyone insight into the artists and
artwork featured in the exhibition galleries. Your experience, from a
curated tour to artists’ biographies or statements, can be customized
based on your abilities and needs. Let the iBeacons in the building
guide you through the exhibition as you choose the content delivery
mode that works best for you – vision, sound, or easy-touch navigation.
The UICA Access app for iPads and iPhones is loaded with exclusive
content to give you a deeper understanding of the artwork on display,
including videos of artist performances. You can use the app to plan
your visit, share your favorites with friends, and access the art at the
Art of the Lived Experiment exhibition any time.
Download the free ‘UICA Access’ app for iPhones or iPads starting
4/6/15 in the iTunes App store.
Contributors and Partners
THE YEAR OF ARTS AND ACCESS
The 2015 DisArt Year of Arts + Access is an initiative endorsed
by Mayor Heartwell as a way to encourage Grand Rapids to be a
welcoming city to all people.
During the festival, the DisArt Arts + Access Exhibits will be a
series of events that offer exhibiting organizations exposure in
a downtown venue, with promotions by both DisArt and the
organization. Our goal is to connect with exhibitors who already
understand the human condition of disability and are committed
to building healthy relationships between people with and without
disabilities.
For more information about how this exciting work will develop
both during and after DisArt Festival please visit
disartfestival.org/community-exhibitors/
VISIONARY SPONSORSHIP:
Ferris State University
Kate Pew Wolters
National Endowment for the Arts
Wege Foundation
THOUGHT LEADERS:
CWD Real Estate Investment
Disability Advocates of Kent County
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
INNOVATORS:
Arts in Motion Studio
Custer, Inc.
Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Reagan Marketing + Design
ROCKSTARS:
Community Media Center
Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan
El Vocero
Out Front Media
The Richard App Gallery
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
Wiser Contract Furnishings
Director Statement
Welcome to Grand Rapids, Michigan, a city on the verge of change. By
hosting DisArt Festival 2015, this city says that it is ready to reformulate
its vision of community by including all of its citizens equally. April 1025, 2015 will usher this city into a new moment of equity for Disabled
people. And we are delighted that you are here to be part of this event.
Art can do wonderful things…
This DisArt Festival program is the culmination of many hours of hard
work by volunteers, designers, philanthropists, universities, advocates,
and artists. This all started with a simple premise: current imaginations
about disability are limited to fear, mystery, and pity, none of which offer
Disabled people dignity, power, or authentic identity. So how do you
change the imagination? DisArt believes that art and action are the best
ways to chip away at well-worn stereotypes. And so the work began to
take shape, and has blossomed into the largest Disability Arts Festival
ever to be produced in the United States.
DisArt Festival forwards the idea that art changes our minds by
realigning our assumptions about life. More importantly, Disability
Arts provide opportunities to see physical and mental differences in
new ways. Even more radically, we believe that Disability Arts can
alter the realities of a culture by connecting people to one another in
authentic ways. We believe that the creative act can stimulate important,
necessary civic conversation, and influence cultural change. This
Festival exemplifies the confidence we have in both the power of art to
challenge preconceived notions about the human condition of disability,
and in a culture’s readiness to remove barriers that have historically
limited civic engagement by Disabled individuals.
Thank you again for being part of this festival, and for engaging in the
conversation. Art is everybody, and that includes you.
Christopher R. Smit, PhD
Director of DisArt Festival
Festival Developer Statement
When I was invited to be part of this project over a year ago, I knew I had
been given a gift that was to be cherished. What started as a grand vision
by a select few has taken shape into something that I know will make a
difference both for the individual living in Grand Rapids and for our entire
community.
DisArt doesn’t just accept disability; it celebrates it! The DisArt Festival,
created by people with and without disabilities, marks the beginning of
a cultural movement that has the power to radically change perceptions
about disability so that all of us will become more accepting of the
differences both within ourselves and those around us.
I have met so many incredible people along the way who I want you to
meet too. It is because of the relationships I have with these individuals
that I know that the DisArt festival has the power to change us, one work
of art, one person, at a time.
Meet the artist who told me when I first met her that she feels as insignificant
as “a grain of sand on a beach” but who is anything but. Meet the
photographer whose identity is strengthened with each photo he takes.
Meet the painter who is standing proud and sharing her story to a culture
and a community that has historically chosen to look the other way. Meet
all the volunteers who are willing to be part of DisArt and to help it take
shape, who have been willing to ride the journey with us especially when
the path has been uncertain. Meet the scholar who does not want to be
thought of as inspiring but who inspires us every day with his ideas, his vision,
and his compassion. Meet the advocate who believes in the importance of
all people being included in the fabric of our community. Meet the mayor
whose vision of the festival having a citywide impact has kept us focused on
the bigger picture. Meet the presidents, past and present, of a local college
and university who believed that this initiative was worth taking a gamble on.
Meet the kid who, when she sees “imperfect” donuts being thrown away
at a local donut shop, turns to her parents and says that we shouldn’t throw
anything away just because it isn’t perfect.
Join this group of people by coming as you are, by being open to making
mistakes and having awkward moments, to laughing and sharing, to
listening and learning. We want you to be part of the growing community
of Disabled individuals and their allies who live creative lives everyday.
Art is Everybody | DisArt Festival 2015.
Jill Vyn
Festival Developer
DisArt Festival 2015
Mensaje del director del festival
Bienvenidos a Grand Rapids, Michigan, una ciudad que se acerca a una
verdadera transformación. Como sede del Festival DisArt 2015, esta ciudad
proclama que está lista para reformular su visión de la comunidad e incluir
de forma equitativa a todos sus ciudadanos. Del 10 al 25 de abril del 2015,
la ciudad se aproximará a un nuevo período de igualdad para las personas
con discapacidad. Y nos complace que estés aquí para ser parte de este
acontecimiento. Sin duda, el arte puede hacer cosas maravillosas.
El programa del Festival DisArt es la culminación de muchas horas de
trabajo duro de voluntarios, diseñadores, filántropos, universidades,
activistas y artistas. Todo esto comenzó con una premisa simple: las
formas actuales de imaginar la discapacidad están limitadas por el miedo,
el misterio y la lástima, y nada de ello ofrece a las personas discapacitadas
dignidad, poder o una identidad genuina. ¿Cómo podemos cambiar esas
percepciones? DisArt cree que el arte y la acción son las mejores maneras
de eliminar paulatinamente estereotipos anticuados. Nuestro trabajó
comenzó a tomar forma y creció hasta convertirse en el mayor festival
artístico para personas con discapacidad que se haya producido en los
Estados Unidos.
El Festival DisArt difunde la idea de que el arte puede cambiar nuestra
mentalidad al reajustar los supuestos en que se basa nuestra concepción
de la vida. Algo más importante es que la exhibición de creaciones artísticas
realizadas por discapacitados brinda oportunidades para percibir las
diferencias físicas y mentales en formas novedosas. Y algo aun más radical
es nuestra creencia en que la presentación de creaciones artísticas hechas
por discapacitados puede modificar las realidades de nuestra cultura
al vincular a la gente entre sí de modo genuino. Creemos que el acto
creativo puede estimular una conversación cívica importante y necesaria,
e incluso influir en los cambios culturales. Este festival es una prueba de la
confianza que tenemos tanto en el poder del arte para desafiar las nociones
preconcebidas acerca de la condición humana de la discapacidad como
en la plena disposición de nuestra cultura para remover las barreras que
históricamente han limitado la participación cívica de los discapacitados.
Gracias nuevamente por ser parte de este festival y por participar en la
conversación. El arte somos todos, y eso te incluye a ti.
Dr. Christopher R. Smit
Director del Festival DisArt
Mensaje de la gestora integral del festival
Cuando recibí la invitación de participar en este proyecto hace más de un
año, supe que había recibido un regalo que valoraría por siempre. Lo que
comenzó como una gran visión de unas cuantas personas se ha convertido
en algo que sé que marcará la diferencia tanto para cada persona que viva
en Grand Rapids como para nuestra comunidad en conjunto.
DisArt no sólo acepta la discapacidad: la celebra. El Festival DisArt, creado
por gente con y sin discapacidades, marca el comienzo de un movimiento
cultural que tiene la posibilidad de cambiar radicalmente las percepciones
sobre la discapacidad, para que todos aprendamos a aceptar mejor las
diferencias que existen en nuestro interior y en los que nos rodean.
He conocido a mucha gente increíble en este tiempo, y deseo que tú
también las conozcas. Y es debido a la relación cercana que tengo con
estas personas que sé que el Festival DisArt tiene el poder de cambiarnos,
una persona a la vez, una obra de arte a la vez.
Quiero que conozcas a la artista que me dijo cuando la conocí que se sentía
tan insignificante como “un grano de arena en una playa”, pero que es
todo menos insignificante. Al fotógrafo cuya identidad se fortalece con
cada fotografía que toma. A la pintora que se yergue con orgullo y cuenta
su historia a una cultura y una comunidad que históricamente han desviado
la mirada. A los voluntarios que son parte de DisArt y que ayudan a su
realización, y que nos han acompañado en esta larga travesía aun cuando las
condiciones han sido difíciles. Al académico que no quiere ser visto como
una inspiración, pero que nos inspira todos los días con sus ideas, su visión
y su compasión. Al activista que cree en la importancia de que todas las
personas sean incluidas en el tejido social de nuestra comunidad. Al alcalde
cuya visión del impacto del festival en todo el territorio de la ciudad nos ha
mantenido centrados en un panorama más amplio. A los rectores, anteriores
y actuales, de universidades locales que creyeron que valía la pena apostar
por esta iniciativa. A la niña que, cuando veía que las donas “imperfectas”
se tiraban a la basura en una pastelería local, le decía a sus padres que no
debíamos tirar nada sólo porque no es perfecto.
Únete a este grupo de personas y sé tú mismo, sin el miedo a cometer
errores o pasar momentos incómodos; sólo se requiere tu disposición para
reír y compartir, para escuchar y aprender. Queremos que seas parte de la
creciente comunidad de personas con discapacidad y sus aliados que viven
vidas creativas todos los días. El arte somos todos | Festival DisArt 2015.
Jill Vyn
Gestora integral del festival
Festival DisArt 2015
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