Whether people are 'out' about their disability identity and regardless if they have an apparent or non-apparent disability, there aren't enough stories about artists with disabilities by artists with disabilities. Especially ones that aren't told by reporters and framed as something 'inspirational' or 'special.'
Storytelling is a way to carve out spaces within larger, multiple/intersecting communities. For younger people especially, they might never see someone like themselves in the arts and could benefit from that. As the founder of the Disability Visibility Project, I'd like to share our recent Call for Stories for artists w/ disabilities. We plan to have an event at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco this September highlighting short audio clips from oral histories by artists along w/ a panel discussion.
I hope you'll consider recording a story for our project and become part of an archive of +100 stories by people with disabilities.
Details on how to participate: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2016/04/27/call-for-stories-artists-with-disabilities-in-sf-bay-area/
The DVP is a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.
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