July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Join MAC throughout the month of July as we celebrate this landmark civil rights legislation and its impact on the arts. Each week we’ll host virtual events accessible to all, including workshops, discussions, social media features, and more. Watch this space and follow MAC on social media for all details!
Join us for a series of workshops celebrating ADA 30 featuring leaders from the disability justice and cultural access.
Wednesday July 8th at 3:00pm EDT
Presented in partnership with A.R.T./New York. As cultural organizations look toward rebuilding after the shutdown precipitated by the pandemic, it is imperative that these organizations listen to the voices of the disability community to make justice part of the design rather than an afterthought. True inclusion and access can only come if organizations engage in Disability Justice. Judy Heumann, a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities who is featured in the Netflix documentary Crip Camp, will frame the conversation. Then a panel of disabled artists and cultural workers will offer reflections and experiences for growth and change.
This event challenges the cultural community – arts organizations including theaters, museums, historic houses and concert halls and libraries – to listen and learn from the voices of disabled artists and cultural workers and engage in conversations around disability justice in order to reinvent their organizations as more just institutions.
Keynote Speaker: Judy Heumann
Moderator: Kirsten Sweeney
Wednesday, July 15th at 2:00pm EDT
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the enacting of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act, the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) presents a conversation with museum workers, activists, and administrators whose work contributed to the ways that the ADA was adopted by museums and cultural organizations. This early work with the ADA led to the formation of MAC as a space for professional development and access centered conversations for cultural workers who are carrying the banner and advancing accessibility for people with all abilities to this day.
Moderator: Barbara Cohen-Stratyner
Wednesday, July 22nd at 5:00pm EDT
Join the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) for this panel on disability studies and how it can inform the cultural world. Disability studies and self-advocacy challenge us to reject disability as an individual deficit and examine the ways in which disability is both constructed and experienced collectively.
This panel is designed to give participants historical perspective on disability rights with a focus on the roles of people with disabilities in the arts. The panel will center lived experience, with a focus on the perspectives of self-advocates and activists with disabilities. Participants will learn from a diverse set of approaches to disability, challenge their perception of disability history and the pressing issues of today, and leave with tangible ideas to take back to cultural organizations.
Moderators: Danielle Levine, self-advocate, graduated in 2019 from the Melissa Riggio Program at Kingsborough Community College. She is a self advocate and advocates for job opportunities for people with disabilities. She had the opportunity to teach classes about self-advocacy and stresses the importance of standing up for yourself, others and the causes you believe in. Danielle works as an administrative assistant at a doctors office and loves her job
Christopher Leydon: Disability studies in the humanities professor at CUNY SPS.
Friday, July 17th from 11:0 am – 12:00pm EDT
In previous years, MAC has participated in the Disability Pride Parade and held poster-making sessions as a community activism event prior to the parade. This year, in place of the parade, we will hold a community activism celebration for the 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA. Learn more about the poster-making celebration here.
Submit your poster with this form. All submissions must be received by July 10th.
Wednesday, July 29th at 2:00pm EDT
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MAC & Queens Theatre present a virtual reading of EMILY DRIVER’S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE. Written by A.A. Brenner & Gregg Mozgala, the play follows the story of a young girl who has to travel through the space-time continuum to fight the forces of ableism and save disability history!
The play was originally commissioned and produced by La Jolla Playhouse and presented with National Disability Theatre in 2019-2020 for La Jolla Playhouse’s 2020 POP Tour.
We are celebrating the creativity and contributions of artists with disabilities across New York City on our blog and social media platforms. We will continue this spotlight after our month of ADA 30 celebrations concludes.
If you are an artist with a disability living in NYC and wish to be included in the spotlight, please fill out this form.
Enjoy other ADA 30th Anniversary celebrations from other NYC organizations and agencies. Check in often for updates!