VSA Network Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Around the world and across the VSA Network, communities celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3, 2018, with special events, performances, and exhibitions. The following celebrations, planned by members of the VSA Network, offer a glimpse into the diversity and breadth of programming throughout this community.

"Really" mural by Access Gallery artists in Denver, Colorado; a colorful painting with orange and yellow background, depicting a man in a suit lying down and an animal rearing its head aboveAccess Gallery dedicated its first public mural on the Cherry Creek Bike Trail in Denver, Colorado, on December 3, 2018. The mural, entitled “Really,” was commissioned by the City of Denver Urban Arts Fund and created by Access Gallery Artworks Teaching Artists Javier Flores and Josiah Lopez. The mural is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Guernica painting and hopes to generate insight and understanding about the United States Senate’s decision not to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Arts Access celebrated IDPD with a networking lunch at the Raleigh Little Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina, complete with pizza and cake! The lunch both honored the day and gathered people who care about disability issues and are working to make their community a more inclusive and equitable place.

Body Shift dancers at a previous ON DISPLAY performance; photo by Celia HughesVSA Texas and Body Shift participated in the Heidi Latsky Dance ON DISPLAY GLOBAL movement installation. Their installation happened at the Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas. ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is an international initiative with participants in more than 18 countries and 66 cities.

Borderless Arts Tennessee celebrated with an event at Sumner County Tourism in Gallatin, Tennessee. The event featured international art exchanges, performances, art activities, presentations of community awards, and refreshments.

More information about International Day of Persons with Disabilities, including the themes for 2018 and previous years, is available on the United Nations website.

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