Artists First Conversations: Inclusivity for Artists with Disabilities is a three-part symposium series held in tandem with the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition Artists First: Twenty-five Years of Studio Art at Thresholds. The primary goals of the symposium series are to increase scholarship in the field of self-taught art made by artists with neurodevelopmental and mental health disabilities, with a focus on community receptivity historically and currently, and to strengthen partnerships nationally and internationally in continuing the exchange of art and ideas.
The symposium’s panels will delve into 1) the relationship between art making and mental health, 2) the ethics of exhibiting artists with neurodevelopmental and mental health disabilities, and 3) how artists with disabilities fit into the greater art world.
“The Relationship Between Art Making and Mental Health” will be hybrid with an in-person panel at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602); the symposium will conclude with a Q&A with the panelists. Attendees from afar can tune into the livestreamed 90-minute discussion from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (noon) central on Zoom.
The Artists First Conversations symposium series is free! Reserve tickets to the first panel on Eventbrite.