ANNOUNCEMENT: The National Arts and Disability Center would like to announce that funds are available for the 2018 Arts and Accessibility grants program. The purpose of this grants program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities throughout California.
With December and the New Year drawing near and Kislev off to a good start, the season of gift guides is now upon us. Like many marginalized groups, the disability community has started to publish more and more gift guides showcasing products from artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Now in it’s fourth year, Emily Ladau’s Original Disability Holiday Gift Guide highlights a variety of goods on sale by independent disabled entrepreneurs worldwide as well as disability orgs worthy of a donation in a special someone’s name.
Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance (PACLA) has just released their “annual gift guide and resource for #ActuallyAutistic run businesses, shops, artists, craftspeople, writers & more.”
This time last year, Meriah Nichols published The Ultimate Gift Guide For Supporting Businesses With A Positive Connection To Disability.
And that’s just to name a few!
This year, Disability Arts/Bay Area is throwing its hat in the ring with a gift guide focused on disabled artists and artisans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
You can tell from this portrait of Anthony Tusler as a young man in his wheelchair that he has always been bad-ass and cool. Wearing leg braces with cut-off levis, a wife beater that reveals a tattoo, leather cowboy boots and slicked back hair, he holds a beer in his right hand, leans forward into the frame and dares us to respond and judge. Fast forward a few decades and Anthony is still challenging us with new work and an ongoing mission to change the common currency of disability imagery. In his recent portraits of lives lived with disability he is documenting the movement (and the breadth of disability culture) in tender and subtle ways, that are a far cry from the drama of the march and the sit-in. His talk at the SFPL titled “Disability photographs: Civil Rights, Identity and Representation” shares some choice details of his life and work, and the development of his disability identity.