Crip News v.67
Awards, in memoriam, new works, and more.
Two Deaf artists, Antoine Hunter aka Purple Fire Crow and Christine Sun Kim, are among the newly announced cohort of 2023 United States Artist Fellows. Disability aesthetics show up in the work of many other artists, including healer and transdisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla, bodyworker and multidisciplinary artist devynn emory, and Deaf Republic author and poet Ilya Kaminsky.
Creative Capital’s recently announced cohort of funded projects also features several new works in disability aesthetics, including Laurel Lawson & Sydney Skybetter’s Choreodaemonic Platform, Hilari Scarl’s Not Another Deaf Story, Indira Allegra’s TEXERE, and heidi andrea restrepo rhodes & Tala Khanmalek’s Vital Signs.
In other awards news…
Liza Sylvestre is one of the winners of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation's 2022 Biennial Competition.
Over $1.2 million in funding has been awarded to a multi-university project called “Abolition Medicine and Disability Justice: Mapping Inequity and Renewing the Social” led by Dr. Juliet McMullin.
Dance Magazine named disabled artists Musa Motha and Madeline Maxine Gorman among their 2023 “25 to Watch” list.
Every so often, I gather some links that can show us how this term circulates, what it designates, where, for whom. Here are some of the ways “disability justice” is showing up, according to several alerts and notifications I use to crawl far and wide:
In a recent interview, actor Jesse Eisenberg mentioned that his wife “teaches disability justice and visibility” in New York public schools, prompting an assessment of the social impact of one’s pursuits that he is dramatizing in his coming directorial debut.
Purposeful, “a feminist hub for girls activism, rooted in Africa and working all around the world,” recently released a report on “Integrating Disability Justice into Girl-Centred Programming.”
Story for All: Disability Justice Collaboratories at George Washington University was among new projects in higher ed funded by the Mellon Foundation.
Rest in Power
Hale Zukas, one of the activists in the 504 sit-in of 1977, “helped lead a revolution that opened up public spaces, transportation and services to people with disabilities,” writes Erin McCormick in The Guardian.
Dr. Dawn K. Smith’s public health advocacy helped expand access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) “saved lives and changed communities,” as PrEP4All wrote in their memorial.
Janet Cleveland was also a trailblazing HIV public health advocate at the CDC, “known for leading with kindness, a listening ear, and a touch of humor.”
As we head into tax season, the National Disability Institute has collated many disability-specific resources, including information about free tax prep, quick reference guides, and webinars.
If there are more resources to share, please leave them in the comments!
In a beautiful carousel on Instagram, The Spoonie Uni shared ways to imagine “militant care praxis” in Lunar New Year celebrations.
Octavia Rose Hingle writes about their Crip Ecstasy nightlife project in the Winter 2023 issue of In Dance. They imagine a world where “access is our collective responsibility; a spell that we cast again and again to strengthen the connection to our shared humanity.”
The short film Everywhere and Nowhere examines the lives of ten disabled people, including Henry VIII and the “Queen’s Dwarf” Sir Jeffrey Hudson, connected to properties run by the UK’s National Trust.
The Century Foundation’s Kimberly Knackstedt and Rebecca Vallas released a new report on “How to Embed a Disability Economic Justice Policy Framework in Domestic Policy Making.”
Conor Foran designed the Stuttering Pride flag following a collaborative process and conversation. It features a sea-green and ultramarine wave motif that represents community, nature, and liberation. Also, Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter by John Hendrickson is out from Penguin Random House.
The new issue of First Monday, an open access scholarly journal devoted to the internet, is called “This feature has been disabled: Critical intersections
of disability and information studies,” co-edited by Gracen Brilmyer and Crystal Lee.
Scholar and artist Olivia Dreisinger’s recent experimentations with the image-generating AI platform DALL-E were telling…and disturbing.
L-Word actor Jillian Mercado recently discussed her involvement in Tercera Cultura, a metaverse destination.
The Pulitzer Prize winning play Cost of Living is at Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee through Feb. 12th.
Molly Joyce’s essay “Disability First” is out in The Wire.
I Will Die on This Hill: Autistic Adults, Autism Parents, and the Children Who Deserve a Better World by Meghan Ashburn and Jules Edwards is out now from Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
“Nobody Has My Condition but Me” by Beverly Gage appears in the Jan. 23rd issue of The New Yorker.
In Other News…
In a cable to U.S. embassies, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the State Dept. will phase out use of the font Times New Roman and opt for Calibri for its san-serif accessibility. The amount of attention this story generated was astonishing, given that the U.S.’s imperial violence around the globe poses a much more direct and material threat to access for disabled people.
Summertime Gallery in Brooklyn announced its new YAI Arts residents: Leroy Pettaway, Christine Buda, Christopher Chronopoulos, Mallory Perry, Diogeneis Costa, Everette Ball, Brian Dyer, Lauren McArthur, Jennifer Quinones, Oswald Saenz, Priscilla Frank, Tayloe Schinz-Devico, and Jimmy Tucker.
Justice in Aging released an issue brief on the overuse of psychotropic drugs in nursing facilities.
Accessible Festivals is looking to expand its Board of Directors. More info and applications here.
Disability Histories: Arts-Based Methods, Archives and Futures
Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 6pm CT (lecture), in-person at Eastern Michigan University or on Zoom
In this talk, Petra Kuppers will take audiences into her search for disabled dance ancestors at the New York Public Library Dance Archives. She looks for disabled and mad people in the archive, for the ways that labels like handicapped, disabled, crip, psych, and mad travel and intertwine, shift and change in library cataloguing systems, in the words of people describing one another, and describing themselves.
Class: Starship Somatics at Movement Research
Tuesdays, Jan. 31st to June 27th, 11am - 12pm ET, Online
Starship Somatics engage our bodymindspirits as portals, as trancemobiles that honor pasts and jet us toward speculative futures, among the stars, in flux and transformation.
Energy, Disability and Climate Justice
Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 4:30pm CT, in-person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute in Madison and on Zoom
In this time of adaptation and transformation, the disability community holds immense wisdom on living in, and with, change. Join us on January 31, to explore these intersecting structural discrepancies and learn about solutions stemming from disabled leaders and allies.
ALLways: Accessibility thinking and practice
Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 1 - 4pm ET, Online, sliding scale based on org size
This access in the arts workshop is a three hour participatory workshop for arts organizations, administrators, and event organizers with new to intermediate experience levels with disability accessibility. This session is customized for small to mid-sized organizations (1-15 team members). Based in Kinetic Light's holistic research and practice and led by Laurel Lawson.