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Catalyst Radio: DisArt Festival takes over downtown, with nation's largest disability arts event

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As part of Grand Rapids’ Year in Art and Access, the first-ever DisArt Festival has a mission to “change perceptions about disability, one work of art at a time.”

About Catalyst Radio

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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 In this episode of Catalyst Radio we highlight the inaugural DisArt Festival that begins today, April 10, in downtown Grand Rapids. 

As the largest disability arts festival in the country, DisArt is the multi-day event that runs through April 25, featuring international art exhibits, performances, film, parties and discussions that provide numerous educational and experiential opportunities.

As part of Grand Rapids’ “Year In Art and Access,” the event features an internationally-recognized exhibit from the United Kingdom call “Art of the Lived Experiment.”

In studio to talk about DisArt Festival are festival director Christopher Smit, and festival developer Jill Vyn.

Smit will also discuss the idea of changing perspectives on disability, and how disability itself is an art.



The music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is by DisArt Festival Director Chris Smit. He has a release called Waiting For Sound, and the song we are using is “Hammond.”

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