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Collaborative Design class teams up with DisArt

by (tbalx)

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

KCDS 315 Collaborative Projects: An interdisciplinary experience providing an applied learning opportunity. Through an engagement with organizations, students will be introduced to all aspects of the project design process, with a focus to...

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DisArt leaders prepare reporters, videographers to help tell story of upcoming disability art festival

by (GRTV)

Submitted 03-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

In preparation for our coverage of the DisArt Festival, we brought in some folks from DisArt and Disability Advocates of Kent County to get our Rapidian and GRTV volunteers ready to report on disability with respect and education. The evening's...

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Downtown discussions get real about "crip life"

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 03-23-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

During LaughFest, over 40 people joined in the upper room of the B.O.B. to engage with Christopher Smit of DisArt Festival, Tommy Allen with Rapid Growth Media and Toni Bal, an independent writer. They paneled a discussion called "Crip Life in...

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Disability 101 (part 3): Disability Pride?

by (DisArt)

Submitted 03-10-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Christopher R. Smit, PhD Director of DisArt Festival, Director of the Arts & Access Initiative for Kendall College of Art & Design and Associate Professor of Media Studies, Calvin College   I’ve spent 40...

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DisArt to train volunteers, staff on reporting about disability

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

As we prepare to cover the DisArt Festival in a variety of ways, it's important that we're ready to speak about disability in a respectful, helpful way. On Thursday, February 26 from 7-8:30 p.m., Christopher R. Smit, director of DisArt and...

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DisArt meets Art.Downtown.

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

Despite the assumption that everyone has the same spectator experience, not everyone “sees” artwork in the same way. A new festival coming to Grand Rapids this spring will serve to change perceptions about Disabled artists, opening an...

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Disability 101 Part II: The disappearing act

by (DisArt)

Submitted 02-10-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

This article is written by Dr. Chris Smit, director of DisArt Festival 2015. In it he continues his discussion of disability in our city with this second installment of Disability 101. Each installment will help readers grapple with the cultural and...

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Disability 101 (Part 1): Disability as dialogue

by (DisArt)

Submitted 01-13-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by: Christopher R. Smit PhD, Director of DisArt Festival, Director of the Arts & Access Initiative for Kendall College of Art & Design and Associate Professor of Media Studies, Calvin College   Organizing and producing any...

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New festival to introduce area to disability art; works to build access, understanding

by (Holly)

Submitted 12-16-2014 under NEWS

The DisArt Festival officially announced its plans for a disability art festival housed at multiple locations last week, at the home of one of its main partners, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA). The festival, which will run from April 10...

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Advancing mobility one walk at a time

by (tbalx)

Submitted 12-05-2014 under OPINION

An Accessibility Walk organized in late September by Chris Smit, Director of the disART Festival, is just one of the preparations for the upcoming disART Festival being held in Grand Rapids during April of 2015. The majority of any city’s...

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