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2018 Disabled Artists Gift Guide

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The Disability Arts : Bay Area Holiday Gift Guide is back.

Are you looking for a gift for that picky relative? Want something that supports disabled artists? Do you want to show your pride in the disability community?

This is the place to start looking for one-of-a-kind, thoughtful, politicly correct, disability-related gifts.

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.

We were inspired by Emily Ladau’s Original Disability Holiday Gift Guide which 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. It has yet to be updated this year, 2018, but it’s still valuable. Also showing the way are two yet-to-be-updated guides, 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.” And, Meriah Nichols’ 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.

Deadline extended: “A World of Difference: Disability, Culture, and the (P)Art of Those Who Have No (P)Art”

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Although a little (or maybe a lot) esoteric, this call for papers should produce very interesting work. I’m looking forward to the journal being published.



Dear Colleagues,
Sara Maria Acevedo and I have extended the submission deadline for our co-edited Cafe Dissensus issue “A World of Difference: Disability, Culture, and the (P)art of Those Who Have No (P)art.” We ask that you send us your complete essay drafts by November 15, 2018, with the issue appearing in January, 2019.
Here, for your reference, is the concept note:
Concept Note: Disability activists and scholars mark a division between disability arts and culture, on one side, and mainstream arts and culture in which disabled people participate. The division is based on the premise that disability arts and culture express a politics of self-representation often unavailable or severely limited within mainstream artistic, cultural, and performance traditions. This proposed issue of Café Dissensus explores how this division works in theory and practice, drawing on disability arts and culture practices from around the world. The issue’s title plays on Jacques Rancière’s (2010) understanding of “the political subject” as “the part of those who have no part” (p. 70). Contributors will have the opportunity to converse with this understanding in both articles, as well as multi-media formats, and to frame their contributions in response to two main questions:
1) How do disabled artists, musicians, and writers locate their creative work?
2) How do both disability arts and culture, and mainstream culture locate certain disabled bodies as the (p)art of those who have no (p)art?
Submissions should be of roughly 2000-2500 words. Some longer pieces would be considered, if they deserve more space. We ask that you send us your complete essay drafts by November 15, 2018,

Please email your submissions to both guest editors and

We look forward to receiving your essays!
With best wishes,
Sara Maria Acevedo, PhD and Stefan Sunandan Honisch, PhD

Stefan Sunandan Honisch, PhD
Associate Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
University of Victoria

Black Artists with Disabilities Sought

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CALL for ART: Black Artists with Disabilities: Arts Unbound is currently accepting submissions for the February 2019 exhibition featuring work by black artists who have a physical disability, developmental disability, learning disability, mental illness or chronic illness. This show will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the achievements of black artists while, at the same time, bringing attention to the issues around disability in the black community.

For this open call we are inviting both emerging and established artists to submit work in any medium.

Eligibility: Black artists who have a physical disability, developmental disability, learning disability, chronic illness or mental illness.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

How to apply: Submission is free and must be sent via email to

Please submit:
1 – 3 images at 72dpi,
Images must be labeled with title, medium, size
An artist statement

Shipping + presentation: If your submission is accepted, you will be notified with information for drop off or shipping your artwork(s) to the gallery. In the event the work does not sell the artist is responsible for the return postage which can be a shipping label from either UPS, Fedex or USPS included with your artwork.

Gallery commission: Arts Unbound retains the right to represent an artist in a sale of the artwork that is exhibited for the duration of the exhibition. All artworks will be offered for sale. Arts Unbound takes a 40% commission on all sales. Accepted entries are represented by Arts Unbound for the duration of the exhibition, and artworks will be promoted on our website and other social media.

Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, Arts Unbound centers their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenges the stigma associated with disability and aging.

For more information, contact:
Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development