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Disability Arts Now! To Be Live Streamed

The 2017 DisArt Symposium will be held April 6 – 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Disability Arts Now! is an international symposium designed to bring together academics, critics, artists, community organizers, designers, and arts organization professionals to consider the current state of Disability Arts and the current state of access making for cities around the world. We have gathered 25 presenters, performers, artists, and designers to get together to talk about Disability Art, and to ponder with us how Disability Arts and Culture can transform a city. This year the Symposium is offering a live stream of many events.

Day 1: Thursday, April 6: IDENTITY
How can Disability Arts contribute to a cultural understanding of disability? Starting at 9:30 a.m. we will livestream presentations about the way disability operates as identity, focusing on artistic practice, history and activism. Join us online for a keynote address by Chicago-based artist and activist Riva Lehrer at 12:30 p.m., and stay with us for an afternoon of presentations and performances about the importance of bringing Disability Art practices to civic spaces.

Day 2: Friday, April 7: DESIGN
How does the way we design our interactions, cultures and objects alert us to the realities of Disability Culture? The Symposium continues with a full day of live streamed presentations by poets, performance artists, designers and scholars who are experts in figuring out the configurations of disability in public space. Join us for a 12:30 p.m. keynote address from artist-scholar-designer Sara Hendren.

Day 3: Saturday, April 8: COMMUNITY
How can Disability Arts and Culture contribute to the well-being of a city? This final day of the Symposium presents community organizers, performers, and scholars investigating how our communities can be transformed through the arts. Join us online for presentations by community organizers, scholars and artists. Be sure to experience our keynote lecture at 12:30 p.m. by Ruth Gould, MBE from the Liverpool-based organization DADA Fest.

Note: There will be additional live events in Grand Rapids that will not be streamed online.

Register for Live Stream with captioning (free) at

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