Disability Culture is an international movement that includes visual art, music, dance, theater, literature and sports. Access Living’s Headquarters, located in downtown Chicago and with community and event space, gave Access Living the opportunity to launch an Arts & Culture Project. The Access Living Arts & Culture Project includes a permanent collection of art by people with disabilities, and programming that includes music, art, poetry and spoken word. The project raises awareness around disability arts, community and culture, and gives voice to artists with disabilities.
The Disability Arts & Culture Project includes event programming and a Permanent Collection.
Arts & Culture Events include poetry readings, dance performances, musical performances, cultural presentations, and community discussions. For information on upcoming events, check out the Arts and Culture Calendar.
The Permanent Collection at Access Living is unique; comprised of art by professional artists with disabilities, as well as work by non-disabled artists who have made disability a central focus of their investigations. Below are bios of artists included in Access Living’s permanent collection.
Also, in 2013, Access Living was a partner with Bodies of Work , an 11-Day Festival featuring visual and performing arts that highlighted the work of artists with disabilities.