Good afternoon everyone!

In order to reach a wide audience and encourage people from all over the world to participate in the DisArt International Symposium, DisArt is excited to announce that the entire event will be streamed live with real-time captioning! Please register for free below, and join us for this exciting three day event (or, pick and choose when you can be there with us). We need your voice! Comments and questions will be gathered in real time on Twitter and Instagram.

We have gathered 25 presenters, performers, artists, and designers to get together to talk about the current state of Disability Art, and to ponder with us how Disability Arts and Culture can transform a city. Please take a look at all of our schedule here:

Here is a summary of the event:

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.

Make sure to register for tickets for our 7:30 p.m. evening event, “An Evening of Silent Cinema” hosted by Disability Arts and Culture specialist Lawrence Carter Long. Location: 41 Sheldon Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at

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.

Make sure to register for tickets for our 7:30 p.m. evening event “You are My Sunshine,” a theatrical performance by award-winning artist Terry Galloway with special guest and critically acclaimed dancer Kris Lenzo. Location: 41 Sheldon Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at

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.

Be sure to join us for our 6:00 PM closing reception for “The Shape of Self | Work by Riva Lehrer” at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Register now, see you online!


Christopher Smit, PhD
Executive Director, DisArt
Host of DIStopia Podcast
Associate Professor of Media/Calvin College<>
DIStopia on Facebook<><>
DisArt on Facebook<>

CAVEAT: Because this message was composed using dictation software rather than keyboarding, it probably contains distinctive mistakes. Dictation never misspells, but it frequently uses the wrong words or misspells names. Thank you in advance for reading creatively and considering the larger context when my words are confusing.

Dream mailing list
[log in to unmask]

________________End of message________________

This Disability-Research Discussion list is managed by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds (

Enquiries about list administration should be sent to [log in to unmask]

Archives and tools are located at:

You can VIEW, POST, JOIN and LEAVE the list by logging in to this web page.