Friday, January 12, 2018

Independence Center seeks artists with disabilities for unique art showcase

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 2:54 PM

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Now, more than ever, we as a culture recognize the importance and the value in sharing diverse voices. The more people who express their thoughts, opinions and experiences, the harder it will be for those in power to generalize, underserve or ignore whole communities. Times like these, art steps in as an avenue of self-expression that allows those diverse voices to shine. We’ve seen this happening here in our own community with Artists in Action, Women’s Voices and other exhibitions and projects meant to send a message.

Now, the Independence Center is sending its own message. The IC, which Community Organizing Coordinator Jamie Muth calls “the local home of civil rights for people with disabilities,” will be participating in February’s First Friday Artwalk with a new exhibit: Art of Accessibility.

To fill the walls, the IC is calling for artists with disabilities and those artists’ communities to submit artwork to be exhibited in this powerful showcase.

Muth says: “We hope to highlight the impact that disability and access can have on a person’s artistic voice, and how each person can make unique contributions to the diversity of the art we see in Colorado Springs. We believe that artistic expression empowers people to express themselves when their normal voice may not be heard, and [we] hope for the community to engage and value the unique perspectives which are being shared.”

Interested artists should send three to five photos of their artwork, a bio and headshot, a short proposal describing their art, and information on necessary accommodations to Nina Kamekona (NKamekona@theindependencecenter.org). Submissions must be in by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.

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