Art and the ADA

Seeking Talent!

July 26, 2021 marks 31 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Help us mark the anniversary of this landmark Civil Rights legislation with a celebration of ART and the ADA.

Do you sing, dance, play music, draw, paint, take photos, write poetry or make other performance art?  Would you like an opportunity to showcase your talent?

Would you like to participate, but not sure art is for you?  You can apply to be an announcer during the live event, or interview someone about their experience when the ADA was passed. 

MASILC and partners are seeking submissions of artistic expression from individuals with disabilities ages 14-31. 

Deadline for submissions= June 21, 2020 extended to June 28, 2021 5PM

All complete submissions will be considered for inclusion at the live event on July 23, 2021 from 1PM to 2PM.  We strongly encourage people with disabilities with diverse backgrounds and identities to participate in this effort. Submissions that are exceptional, or are connected to the ADA will be highlighted.  Individuals whose submissions are chosen for the live event will receive an Amazon Gift card. (MASILC members will not be eligible for a gift card)

All applicants must sign a release waiver to participate. Applicants under 18 must have a parent signature. Download ADA31ArtRelease.pdf.

Become an Announcer

If you want to apply to be an announcer fill out the short application. You will get have a short ZOOM interview.  If you are chosen to be an announcer, you will need to attend a rehearsal (date to be determined) and the live event.  We will work with you on a script and make sure you are comfortable with your part.  Questions? Email sadie@masilc.org or call 508-620-7452

Participate in a Zoom Interview

Interested in interviewing someone about their experience before and after the ADA was passed?  Fill out the short application.  You will have a short ZOOM interview.  If you are chosen, we will help identify someone to interview and tape the interview before the event in July.  Interviews will be held via ZOOM. 

Submit Art

Step 1

Decide what you would like to submit.  You may submit a video, Jpeg or other format in high resolution, PDF or word document depending on the type of art.  Your submission will be what is included, if chosen, in the celebration on July 23, 2021.  If you are a writer, you can submit a video of you reading your work. Consider creating something new inspired by Americans with Disabilities Act or connect something you have already created.

Options for sharing video

  • Videos should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes
  • Preferred sharing options: link to google drive or iCloud
  • Other sharing options: Email with Dropbox

Formats for sharing Visual Art / Written word:

  • Word or PDF Document
  • Jpeg with high resolution

Step 2

Prepare a brief 1-2 paragraph artist’s statement. An artist’s statement is a short piece written (or spoken) for your viewers to answer questions they may have about you and your art. This may be included in writing or as part of your video. 

Use one or more of the prompts below.

  • How your piece of art relates to you personally, your disability, your experience in the world as a person with a disability.
  • Something in your life you are grateful for because of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • A change you would like to see in disability rights and access.

Step 3

Fill out the Application! and download the Release Form. Be ready with your submission and your artist statement you can share your cloud link or upload files directly on the application. If you prefer you can fill out the application and then email your submission directly to sadie@masilc.org. If you need assistance or a different format you can also email or call Sadie@masilc.org or 508-620-7452. 

All Art submissions must include an artist statement, release form and a useable digital form of the art submission to be considered for the event.

Inspiration and Information

Not sure how your life is impacted by the ADA? Below are a few of the impacts the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Physical: The ADA mandated buildings and facilities to make accommodations for people with disabilities, including curb cuts, ramps on sidewalks and flat or ramped entrances into building.

Transportation: The ADA mandated equal access to public transportation and lifts on buses, elevators and ramps in facilities.

Education: Access to public schools. Requires educational institutions to make educational opportunities, extracurricular activities, and facilities open and accessible to all students.

Employment: The ADA made it illegal to discriminate based on disability.

Information about the ADA

Reflections from an ADA Generation- Rebecca Cokley Tedx

ADA in the Arts Series

https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/series/ada-in-the-arts

ADA in the Arts Series

https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/alice-sheppard-and-kinetic-light-making-where-good-souls-fear-543