Creativity and Inclusivity: Disability and Art in the Memphis Community
November 29 – December 14
Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents an exhibition of work created by artists from Memphis Center for Independent Living (MCIL), Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS), and Memphis College of Art on view from November 29 to December 14 in the Lower Gallery in Rust Hall.
Reception: December 2, 6:00-8:00PM in Rust Hall, in conjunction with receptions for the Fall BFA Exhibit in the Main Gallery and Works by Jan Hankins in the Alumni Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Lecture: December 2, 5:00-6:00pm in Callicott Auditorium in Rust Hall prior to the Reception. Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of English and bioethics at Emory University. Dr. Garland-Thomson will explore how disability is represented in art. More information about the lecture can be found here.
This exhibition is ADA accessible. Audio guides and braille texts are available. Viewers can touch some of the artwork.
This exhibition highlights the collaborative artwork made between emerging artists at MCIL and SRVS and art students at Memphis College of Art. This show is an opportunity for members of MCIL and SRVS to share their creative expressions with the larger Memphis community and to convey through their art their experiences as people with disabilities. Although people with disabilities are a significant and vital part of the community, they continue to be isolated, marginalized, and disabled by negative social attitudes and inaccessible built environments. This exhibition is a productive and positive opportunity to make our Memphis community a more inclusive and creative city.
Memphis Center for Independent Living (MCIL) and Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) are non-profit organization whose goals are to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and to create an integrated community that enables people with disabilities to live independently. MCIL and SRVS advocate for better accommodations within the social and built environment, provides people with disabilities with the training and resources they need to live independently, and offer community spaces in which people with disabilities and their allies can partake in various activities.