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Catalyst Radio: ArtPrize's Critical Discourse features Chris Smit of DisArt on Saturday

Critical Discourse is featuring notables of the art world, including on Oct. 4 Calvin College Professor Christopher Smit of DisArt, who will be leading a panel discussion on Art, Disability, Images, Bodies.
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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Christopher Smit

Christopher Smit

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We spend this show with Dr. Christopher Smit of DisArt, one of the internationally-recognized experts leading the Critical Discourse conversations that are a part of ArtPrize 2014.

Smit, professor of Media Studies at Calvin College and author on numerous subjects including disability, art, popular culture, new media, and cultural spectacle, is also director of the upcoming 2015 DisArt Festival.

Smit talks about living an artful life as a disabled person, and also about his fellow participants in the Critical Discourse panel discussion taking place on Sat., Oct. 4.

We learn a bit more about the DisArt Festival slated for April 2015 here in Grand Rapids, which will help continue the discussion of the political and aesthetic power of art within a place.

The DisArt Festival is a partnership with Kendall College of Art and Design, Calvin College, Disability Advocates of Kent Count, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and ArtPrize, with this Critical Discourse panel discussion being the first major event leading up to the 2015 festival.



Locally-made art in this episode is from the band The New Midwest, with the song Heartfelt Journey, featuring today’s Catalyst Radio guest Chris Smit.

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