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Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility

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New Expressive Works

810 Southeast Belmont Street

Portland, OR 97214

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What would it look like for art to be more accessible? What do disabled artists of color need, both structurally and from community members, to be free to focus more on their work?

Disability and chronic illness have long been part of art, even as history has erased those identities from the narrative. Whether or not their work goes recognized, disabled artists of color are here, bringing projects to life across different mediums and envisioning accessible futures. Join us for Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility as local artists Bemnia Lathan, Luann V. Tan, and Leila Haile discuss creativity, productivity, oppression, and liberation through the intersections of race, disability, and art, with moderation from Elea Chang.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to fully engage. The front row of this event will be reserved for ADA seating and we will provide ASL interpretation and automated captioning. Multi-stall, all-gender restrooms will be available with one ADA stall in each. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Humberto Marquez Mendez at hmarquezmendez@racc.org

Graphic design by garima thakur

Art & Power is RACC’s newest conversation series focused on the experiences of artists historically left out of the dominant narrative to engage in safe and intentional dialogue. These conversations are free and open to the public.

About the Artists:

Bemnia Lathan is queer, afrolatinx, spoonie and artist from Portland.

As a Pacific Northwest resident, activist and community organizer for the past ten years, Leila Haile considers social justice work to be both their calling and their duty. They specialize in issues of race, gender, disability, class, organizational culture shift & intersectionality. With an approach to training and education rooted in empathy, inclusivity, and innovative & creative problem-solving, they work in public and private sectors for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Leila has a wide range of skills and knowledge of where “the rubber meets the road” when it comes to social justice concepts and their application to how an organization functions. As a person with a disability who is also Black, Queer and Transgender, their work is grounded in both lived experience as well as traditional education and years of community engagement work.

Luann V. Tan is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. Her work in organizing both in AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) and womxn-identified spaces melds at the intersection where arts meets activism. Luann is originally from Anaheim, California and moved to Portland in 2010. In 2015, she received her Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University with the thesis titled, “Comedy as a Platform for Marginalized Voices: Asian American Women and the Disoriented Comedy Showcase”. She is a 2017 recipient of the Golden Spot Award Residency, a curated artist in residency program with Caldera Arts.

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Elea Chang is a queer and disabled community organizer, hand letterer, and accessibility consultant. She has been published in Rooted in Rights and the Disability Visibility Project. Recently, Elea launched Disabled And Here, a stock photo collection and series of interviews celebrating disabled people of color around the Pacific Northwest.

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