Join us for a two-part conversation around Neurodiversity.
Mad & Autistic, Building Inclusive Futures: 4PM - 5PM
This one-hour conversation moderated by Emily Gillespie features four Mad/ mentally ill and Autistic artists in different artistic disciplines talking about their experiences in the arts. We will discuss if and how their identity has shaped their art practice. Both the Mad community and Autistic community have unique politics and pride movements. Panelists will have the opportunity to mention if activism has impacted their work. We will also reflect on accessibility barriers in the art community, and what needs improved and what they wish neurotypical people knew. This panel will conclude by asking what their hopes for inclusion in the art sector at large looks like as we emerge from the pandemic life.
The Art of Navigating ADHD: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Individuals who attract the label of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) tend to demonstrate remarkable creativity, and many find themselves working in the arts, a field marked by precarity, and competition for scarce resources. Until recently the presence of ADHD in certain populations, such as those assigned female at birth, or adults, has been under-recognized, contributing to a lack of available supports for these populations. This presentation by Kat Singer will explore “adult” ADHD and the advantages and barriers it may present for one’s career in the arts. It will also offer education about, and practical advice around navigating several common ADHD-related challenges.
Topics covered will include:
Understanding ADHD: prevalence, signs/traits, experiences of late-discovered adults
How ADHD amplifies challenges typically faced by artists
Coping with stigma
Affirming strategies around common challenges (e.g. time optimism, procrastination, rejection sensitivity)
Importance of finding community