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With Us: Artists with Disabilities on Caring for Ourselves and Our Community


Date: February 27, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Meeting
Price: Free
Category: Workshop

With Us: Artists with Disabilities on Caring for Ourselves and Our Community

In With Us: Artists with Disabilities Panel Series, disabled artists hold space for each other, share tips and practices, and embody the informal motto of the disability rights movement, “Nothing about us, without us.”

With Us: Artists with Disabilities on Caring for Ourselves and Our Community is an online discussion that will focus on strategies for self-care as disabled artists, and caring for one’s own mental, emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual, recreational, and social well-being. We’ll also address how disabled people care for each other and their communities.

Panelists: Esther Callahan, Christi Furnas and Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz)

Esther Callahan (she/her) is a Minnesota based independent curator and arts consultant. Over the past 20+ years, she has created and co-created various platforms for cultural production rooted in interrogating the impact of racial and gender equity. She is the former Co-Director of the Emerging Curator Institute (ECI), a Minnesota based nonprofit designed to build the individual practices of emerging curators from diverse backgrounds. Callahan was a Curatorial Fellow at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), where she co-founded the Curatorial Advisory Committee as a model to help inform Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion practice in curatorial work.
Christi Furnas (she/her) is a queer author, illustrator, oil painter and disability rights advocate. She has exhibited in galleries across Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. Christi’s career includes more than ten years of arts administration, teaching art workshops, and numerous speaking engagements. Her debut graphic novel, Crazy Like a Fox: Adventures in Schizophrenia is due on shelves in April 2024. Christi lives with her wife and fur babies in Minneapolis.

Facilitated by Minneapolis-based artist-organizer Alison Bergblom Johnson (she/her) who collaborates with community care and art organizations from small, grassroots endeavors to very large, established institutions. Her genres and media include storytelling, creative nonfiction, installation, and collage, and her work explores gender, disability, and sexuality.




This panel series is space for artists with disabilities:

+ at any career level
+ who practice with supports, such as…
-- within an organization that supports artists with disabilities
-- with services such as a PCA or ARMHS worker
-- within a Community Support Program
-- or any other needed supports
+ who practice independently without formal supports
+ who partner with mainstream arts organizations
+ who are public about their disability
+ who are quiet about it

…to talk about what matters to us.

Anyone is welcome to attend, whether an artist with a disability, a person with a disability, a support person, or interested in the topic without a direct experience of disability, though the conversation will center the perspectives of disabled artists and presume familiarity with concepts of disability including social vs. medical models, basic etiquette relevant to disability, and other topics.

Previous programs included Artists with Disabilities on Empowerment, and Artists with Disabilities on Joy. Coming up in May 2024: Artists with Disabilities on Adapting Technology for Us.

Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. This event will not be recorded.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm Central Time
Registration: Receive the Zoom meeting details by clicking on the Register button above.