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Disability Futures and the Arts
If you are a writer or artist with a disability, can you attend a residency or writing retreat? Join Lesley Williamson, Director of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and residency alum Stephen Kuusisto ('15), writer and disability activist for a discussion about disability, the arts, and how our understanding of design and accessibility is becoming more inclusive. As Kuusisto points out, “it’s been thirty years since the ADA was passed. This means the disabled are now part of everything.” In recent years, residency programs have played a more active role in examining the accessibility of their facilities and programs, and have worked to address barriers to participation for disabled artists. This promises to be a lively and free ranging conversation about art, architecture, equity, and the changing nature of contemporary spaces. Join us and learn more about Saltonstall's new accessible addition!


Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad.

Lesley Williamson has served as the executive director of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts since 2011. She initiated the Foundation’s accessible addition project in 2015, and for the first time in the Foundation’s history, disabled artists and writers will be able to utilize the facilities starting this year. Lesley earned a BA in cultural studies at Hampshire College and an MA in Arts Management at Carnegie

May 16, 2021 05:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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