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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Screen Printing Residency at VSU, April 2018

Screen Printing Residency at VSU
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The idea is to go to college and use the whole campus as a tool to grow, but most time each department keeps to it's self. This was not the idea Smoot took when he brought me to SVU, because funds were tight and ultimately he wanted everyone to share my story. I think he got funding from 5 different departments and offices. This only meant that he had to share me and not keep me chained to the press(joke) we did three speaking engagements last week. it was tiring, but to me that is how it should be. my story does not just fit into one box and needs to be shared with the world.

Its good to be home, but now the withdraw kicks in thinking about the wonderful week we just had reconnecting as a couple and with old friends. Although Wifey and I did not have much time to our selves, we did make the best of it. more importantly, it was how she showed her support of wake up and getting me to the studio to make the most of my week. I would really to THANK Smoot for making this happen, he did not only take care of my as a friend and artist, but as a business man. Smoot pulled a lot of people together on and off of campus to make this possible.

He also pull together a wonderful team of students to help me produce new work, this week was more about that. It was about growing as people and artist and learning that everyone has something to contribute in their own way.

Porpoise Beastly
The Window Waves

Monday, April 23, 2018

We Want Love and All Good Stuff Too

Untitled Document

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Oct. 3,
The Association for Positive Behavior Support is sponsoring an online “Family Chat” on Oct. 15 at 8:30 pm. Cohosted with Parenting Special Needs, the chat will focus on improving family-school partnerships with a parent panel.

Oct. 2,
What I've Learned About Dating as a Woman With a Disability
My name is Jess Paciello, and I am 21 years old. I guess that makes me a millennial (yikes!) but I am not too fond of millennial culture. Anyone who knows me knows I love my quiet time alone (you can probably find me binging on Netflix) and casual wine nights in. I am terrified of setting foot in clubs or big bar scenes, I have strong negative views of “hook up” culture, and I would just prefer to fly way under the radar.

July 23,
May 1,
Chloe was born with Down syndrome and her husband, Jason, is autistic. Jason believes Chloe is the most beautiful woman on earth and is excited to grow old with her. 
April 25,
Sex Love and Life Navigating Womanhood with Disabilities  

June 12,

Couple with Down syndrome: 'Love is love'

April 27,

Take a look at this heart OFFICIAL TRAILER
 This is the trailer to Ben Duffy's 4th feature length documentary "Take a look at this heart". A film about love, sexuality, and the human bond within the disabled community. The film takes you on a journey into the lives of 17 very unique people; some with disabilities and the partners who love them, others struggling to get by in a world that seems to often overlook them. In exploring the confidence and unconditional love that these humans have for themselves and each other, you may begin to question your own notions on life, love, and what it means to really feel in every sense of the word.

April 23,

Saturday, April 21, 2018

FYI and Other Fun Stuff

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May 8,

Are you passionate about disability rights? Are you passionate about writing? If you answered yes to both questions, we want YOU to apply for the new Rooted in Writing Fellowship! Applications are open now through May 21st, so what are you waiting for? Apply now!

April 30

Shaquem Griffin drafted by Seahawks, becomes first one-handed player picked in #NFL draft modern era

April 28,

I would like to put a back on the drive seat and straps on the foot pedals, I could drive Wifey around for once. She still is not brave enough to ride on the back of my power chair.

April 24,

5 Tips to Tackle Wheelchair Hiking

April 21,

I used to used fish tank tubing, since I could reuse it and it would not gimp mashed from biting on it. We could also cut it for different lengths, coffee pots, pitchers of hot tea, beer bottle, shot glasses...
Now i use silicone straws, I wonder if is a little better then plastic straws, since they are reusable?

People often ask me, what do OTs do? So far the best description I come up is that they are the general contractors of the Disability Community.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Artists Opportunities


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Oct. 23,
Choose Art: A New Online Accessible Arts Directory For Artists With Disabilities
An initiative of Arts Access Victoria (AAV), Choose Art's vision is for the artistic ambitions and achievements of people with disability to be valued and visible in Australian culture.
It will mean art-making opportunities, skill-building, and the discovery of accessible arts and cultural events will all be made easier and more succinct.

Oct. 10,
Getty and Verizon Media Offer New Disability Photography Grant
Calling all disabled photographers — if you’re looking for a way to influence how the public sees disability, there may not be a more powerful amplifier for your photography than a new grant opportunity from Getty Images and Verizon Media. The Disability Stories grant will award a total of $40,000 in funding to five winners to create authentic representations of disability.

Aug. 9
Calling all artists! @TheArcBaltimore is searching for submissions to Art In the Round, the exhibit & auction featuring artwork from over 60 artists with developmental disabilities. Click below for details & how to submit your artwork by September 13!
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June 11,
The accessibility fund is designed to facilitate the process of applying for grant funding and accessing services..."It opens a door that has been shut for a very long time, to say, ‘You are welcome in.''"

April 28,
VSA Emerging Young Artists Program: A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program 
2019 call for art! The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program recognizes and showcases the work of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, living in the United States. Artists are invited to submit work addressing the theme of connection.

Oct. 25 2018,
We are excited to announce the launch of the “Together We’re Better” Artwork Contest! Entries created on the theme of “Kaleidoscope of Friends” are due by December 14. For more info on TWB, check out our website below!
Sept. 14,
VIA @arts_sped Our annual conference 'sells' out fast. Don't let that discourage you. We have a waiting list every year, and we are always able to get some people in. That being said - don't delay!

Sept. 5

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award 2019

May 8,

@ArtsAccessVic has announced the inaugural Stella Young Award, a $3,000 prize for a young Australian artist with a disability who has demonstrated significant impact in disability activism through their artistic practice. Entries close Friday 25 May. Apply here!

April 26,

Are you a young artist with a disability? Does your artwork bypass the ordinary & challenge the predictable? Apply today for the DETOUR artist competition. 15 winning artists share a total of $60,000. Apply by May 31, 2018 at .
 April 19,

2018 Art Ability Call for Entry is now open. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Other Artist to Check Out


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Jan, 20,
Eugene Mural Celebrates Disabled Women Activists Worldwide See more:

Nov. 18,
Please meet Jillian, a budding Artist that I met on my trip to Colorado Springs. I could not help, but rolling away with some of her art. If you want to see more of Jillian's work, please contact her mother Cindy McCombe

Nov. 1,
Our personal styling event w/ The Men's Xchange is Thurs, 11/7, at 59! For a suggested donation of $10 to The Arc PPR, you'll enjoy a personal fitting from James Proby, founder of the Men's Xchange, time to shop, and complimentary hors d'ouevres! RSVP to

Sept. 28,
Make Studio:
Wow wow WOW! We can’t contain our excitement as we unpack the art for Make Studio’s (now annual) Cordially Invited II: Celebrating Progressive Art Studios. See More

Sept. 28,

June 5,
Molly Joyce on the influence of disability studies on her music-making

Jun 4,
The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers

April 26,
In Our Bodies, Together: Disability Art Showcase and Maker-Space

April 4,
For decades, I have looking for Christy Brown's Art work in books and online and had no luck until a few days ago.  I have always been under the impression that the  family kept his work in a private collection. Than a a few days ago, I did another search and hit the mother load and even fond an  online gallery that sold his work.
March 18,

March 5,
Art exhibit accessible to visually impaired comes to Indianapolis

Feb. 26,
An artist with cerebral palsy, and without limitations

Feb. 11,
Artistas con Síndrome de Down exhiben obras en Bellas Artes

Feb. 11,
Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility 

Feb. 7
Welcome to “Touch This Page!”
Oct. 2,
'There aren’t enough where characters talk about sex' talks w/

Aug. 14,

Disability is more than the deficit of diagnosis. It is an aesthetic, a series of intersecting cultures, and a creative force.

June 16,

Calhoun artist Grace Key lives out her 'Be the Light' message

At the Harvard University Harvard Art Museums Forbes Pigment Collection, many of the world's rarest hues are preserved. Just don't ask Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, what his favorite color is...

June 15,

The Seated Photographers @theseatedphotographer
We are a group of photographers who want to share our unique view of the world with everyone. We will continue to give updates on individual photographers.

June 15,

Becky will be performing and mentoring in "Shops & Robbers" THIS WEEKEND: June 15-17 and 22-24 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

May 15,

Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive
Creative Growth Art Center is dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Today, their work has been shown all over the world, from La Biennale di Venezia to MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

May 9,

Meet designer Fisayo Quadric, she's a junior at Pratt Institute. As part of Cerebral Palsy Foundation's #designfordisability project, she has focused on functionality by creating garments that explore easy and new ways of getting in and out of clothes. We can't wait to see her designs on the runway at our design for disability gala tomorrow!
For more on our events:

May 3,

Michael (Stigy) a I’m disabled abstract artist from Twickenham. I attended an art and design access course at a West London college.

April 30,

Josh Blue: Artist and Comic

April 24,

Something about Gaelynn’s music and singing leaves a comfort to the soul… love her beautiful folk songs!
“Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.”

April 19,

A talented young #artist with autism fulfilled his dream of visiting an amusement park in Europe with proceeds of his hand-designed tile business. Motivational interview with Malcolm Corley conducted by Inspiration Matters

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Story With No Words


I am well know for my portrait work, everyone is always amaze of how I can caption emotions. When people are not talkers as myself, we spend a lot a time as observers of life. This has help me in my art work and a way to read people in who I should let into me inner circle. The reason why I started to paint eyes is that they are the most expressive part of the body, even more then the mouth. When eyes talk, there is no way to hide the truth.

Gaze Whisper Repulsed
Peak Heartbeat Shy