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Disabled communities were among the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the sweeping changes to distanced work and schooling, as well as general vigilance about protecting those with compromised immune systems, made it clear how few accommodations we previously had in place. In response to this, and the ongoing hesitancy to put such protections permanently in place for those whose vulnerability extends beyond the COVID-19 crisis, the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations announced a commitment of $5 million in new funding for Disability Futures — a first-of-its-kind fellowship that launched last fall, created for disabled practitioners. The fellowship provided 20 disabled creatives working across disciplines, and across the country, with unrestricted $50,000 grants, administered through United States Artists.
Now, this new funding endowment will continue to spotlight the work of disabled creatives across disciplines and geography, with a cohort of 20 creatives with an emphasis on disabled practitioners who have been further marginalized by racism, sexism, and heterosexism. These funds will help support the initiative through 2025, including support for two new cohorts of fellows following this inaugural class, announced this week. The fellows present across a diverse range of gender and ethnic identities, disabilities, geographic locations, media, and ages.
The inaugural Disability Futures Fellows are: Navild (niv) Acosta, Patty Berne, Eli Clare, John Lee Clark, Sky Cubacub, Jen Deerinwater, Rodney Evans, Ryan J. Haddad, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Jim LeBrecht, Riva Lehrer, Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield, Mia Mingus, Perel, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Alice Sheppard, Christine Sun Kim, Tourmaline, and Alice Wong.
In order to mark the debut of the fellows, the Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and United States Artists, are also presenting the first Disability Futures Virtual Festival. From July 19–20, the festival will present art and ideas from leading disabled artists, writers, performers, and designers. The virtual festival is free and open-to-the-public and honors the work of the Disability Futures Fellows and their collaborators through a series of new performances, conversations, and a virtual dance party. Anyone can register for the festival and get a sneak peek of the future that is possible when those historically relegated to the margins are given support at center stage.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.