Show your support for Disabled artists, freedom of speech and expression, and the power of art to transform a community from awareness, to understanding, to belonging.
With your help, DisArt
aimes to raise $15,000 to cover the unexpected change in venue, communication, and production brought on by the discrimination against Disabled artists and community members. The substantial costs include the costs of moving the show, changing productions, and operational costs (marketing, professional services, staff time, new production cost for community conversations throughout the next seven weeks, new costs for live streaming, etc.).On August 19
, Peter Meijer, a recently announced challenger to Justin Amash for Michigan’s third congressional seat, sent a letter to ArtPrize informing them that due to the disabilities of the performers in Drag Syndrome, a London, UK based avant-garde drag troupe, the show, which is also set to feature local disabled performers, must be excluded from the recently built, accessible artwork and performance venue
built by Artists Paul Amenta and Ted Lott for the opening night of Project 1 by ArtPrize.
While we are saddened to lose this artwork as the venue, THE SHOW WILL GO ON! We have moved the show to Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but will continue to produce the show at 7 PM on September 7, 2019. Again, the costs of moving the show, changing productions, and operational costs total $15,000 of unplanned cost.
We encourage you to look at the stories online, listen to the voices of the artists
, and consider supporting this important conversation about disability, art, expression, and sexuality.
DisArt does not tolerate the exploitation of any Disabled person or artist. Indeed, our mission is to celebrate a culture of disability in order to create awareness, understanding, and belonging for all of us. We understand that the art of Drag may not be an art form that all can celebrate. This does not, however, mean that we should tolerate the censorship of any artists’ work based on their disability status.Your contribution is critical as we continue our pursuit of raising the voice, value, and visibility of Disabled people through art.