Artists First Conversations:
Inclusivity for Artists with Disabilities
The Ethics of Exhibiting Artists with Neurodevelopmental and Mental Health Disabilities
Artists First Conversations: Inclusivity for Artists with Disabilities is a three-part symposium series held in tandem with the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition Artists First: Twenty-five Years of Studio Art at Thresholds. The primary goals of the symposium series are to increase scholarship in the field of self-taught art made by artists with neurodevelopmental and mental health disabilities, with a focus on community receptivity historically and currently, and to strengthen partnerships nationally and internationally in continuing the exchange of art and ideas.
The symposium’s panels will delve into 1) the relationship between art making and mental health, 2) the ethics of exhibiting artists with neurodevelopmental and mental health disabilities, and 3) how artists with disabilities fit into the greater art world.
“The Ethics of Exhibiting Artists with Neurodevelopmental and Mental Health Disabilities” will be hybrid with an in-person panel at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602); the symposium will conclude with a Q&A with the panelists. Light refreshments will be available before (10–10:30 a.m.) and after (12–12:30 p.m.) the panel. Attendees from afar can tune into the livestreamed 90-minute discussion from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (noon) central on Zoom.
The Chicago Cultural Center is wheelchair accessible and offers accommodations for attendees who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing and or are blind or low-vision. Please contact Eva Baldinger at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to accessibility accommodations at the symposium series.
The Artists First Conversations symposium series is free! Reserve tickets to the second panel on Eventbrite.
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Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they feel comfortable, but they are not required to do so. Before attending the symposium, attendees are encouraged to self-identify whether they exhibit symptoms and stay home if they feel tired, ill or symptomatic.
Artists First Conversations is supported in part by Kiyoko Lerner and the Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Thresholds, and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
Symposium series co-chairs
- Leslie Baum, Director of the Open Art Studio at Thresholds Bridge South
- Michael Bonesteel, Contributing Editor at Raw Vision and independent writer, scholar and curator
- Dr. Scott J. Hunter, developmental neuropsychologist and curator of Artists First: Twenty-five Years of Studio Art at Thresholds
- Debra Kerr, President and CEO at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
- Savneet Talwar, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Laura Bickford, Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
- Irene Haynes, artist
- Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art
- Vincent Uribe, Director of Exhibitions and External Relations at Arts of Life and Director at LVL3