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IAVDC members mid-dance: five young women in peach dresses and black leggings with their right arms in the air, including one kneeling woman in front, three standing women behind her to her left, and a woman in a black wheelchair interacting with her PA, who's dressed in black, to the left of the kneeling dancer. The dancers are in a studio with blonde wood flooring and shadowed white walls that appear gray, and two stark shadows of dancers are visible to the right of the picture. The dancers are exuberant, their fingers spread wide.Use our tabs above to navigate, or follow these links:

To learn about DACP’s history, mission, staff and volunteers, and commitment to intersectional disability justice, click on “About Us.”

To contact DACP staff and volunteers, click “Contact.”

To learn about Inclusive Arts Vibe, click here. On the IAV page you will find information about the classes, Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, upcoming IAVDC performances, and the fundraiser DACP is organizing to support our youth dancers. Check out the links to videos of past performances!

Click on “Events” to learn about DACP’s upcoming events, including Sex, Love, and Disability III (our March 1 fundraiser) or our biennial Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival.

To  find out more about how you can support DACP’s work, whether with financial support, volunteer time, spreading the word about us to your community, or donating an item on our wish list, click “Support Us.”

Check out our facebook page for pictures, videos, and more casual communication with our community.

Also, feel free to scroll down through our blog posts below to get a sense of what we’ve done and what’s next for DACP!

I, Object(ification): Contribute to our art installation!

Please contribute to an Interactive Art Installation called

“I, Object(ification)”.

Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) members are creating an interactive art installation. It will be shown at a Revolutionary Arts Panel as part of the Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival,May 17, 2014.
The installation (exhibit) will look at ways the medical system marginalizes people with disabilities. Whether you have a disability, illness, injury, or health condition that is or is not diagnosed, many people feel like the health system reduces us to labels and body parts. We sometimes feel objectified.
We would like you to contribute to this installation so we get as many participants as possible! Here are the ways to contribute for either a video portion, a visual art portion or both.

Please see our anti-oppression statement. DACP makes all efforts to support an anti-oppressive environment so that our work does not oppress anyone or support ableism, racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, and the other ways in which marginalized people are oppressed.



See the list of light bulb jokes lined here. These were ALL written by people with disabilities and Disabled people. They are intended to be satire.

If you find some you really like, please video or audio record yourself telling them. You may rewrite any on the list to suit you. You can also create new ones on whatever part of your identity you want to explore (disability, health, ethnicity, poverty, etc.)

If you write a new joke, please write it from your own experience. We will not broadcast jokes that are violent or hateful.

For recording, you can use a video camera, smart phone, tablet or webcam. If you do not have access to these, you can submit a written joke for someone else to record, draw a picture of the joke, or express the joke in whatever way works for you.

Please submit your joke-telling by email to Cheryl Green at info@storyminders.com. If your recording is too large to email, contact Cheryl. We will work out a plan.

Deadline for light bulb jokes is May 1st, 2014 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time


We would like to show pictures that represent how diverse, complex and individual pain can be. Many people feel physical, emotional, spiritual or psychic pain. Sometimes, no one else can see where, how or why it hurts. So a lot of people in pain are told they are faking it or that it’s not that bad.

To explore the diversity of pain, we are looking for photographs, drawings or paintings of pain. Please submit a picture or drawing of yourself or your pain or even a close up image of some part of you that hurts. It can be something that appears painful or that does not appear painful to others. It might be a cut on your arm, a swollen joint, or a head that “looks fine” but hurts, for example. You may remain completely anonymous. Each photo or artwork will have the label “Ouch” added underneath it.

Please note that DACP has the right to decide what will be included in the Art Installation. Our goal is to have work that is a good fit for our community, which includes people under 18 years of age. We will include as many as possible, but we might not be able to include all submissions.

Artworks can be emailed to Cheryl Green at info@storyminders.com to be included.

Deadline for Ouch artworks is May 1st, 2014 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Download our call for participation in the art installation I, Object(ification: Contribute to DACP art installation I, Object(ification)

Call for Performing Artists: Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival 6!


Disability Art and Culture Project is seeking performers for our Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival 6, this May 16-24! Download your audition form TODAY and return it to DACP by April 11, 2014!

Information on performances:

  • Performance pieces must be eight minutes or less.
  •  The audition is the form, linked below.  Download the form, fill it out, and return it to DACP. You must provide a detailed description of your performance, a video, text of all work such as poetry, song lyrics, etc.  We may ask to come view a rehearsal or ask for more information.
  • All performers will need to meet time deadlines. We will ask all performers to sign a video and picture release form. Please let us know if there are any extenuating circumstances where this may not be possible. (This will not affect your audition.)
  • Although slots in the performance schedule are limited, you are welcome to propose more than one project. Please note, only one stipend can be provided to each person or group. Submit a separate form for each performance. The stipend is $200 per a performance.

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE: Call for Artists festial 2014 update 2

Please email your completed application(s) (the form) to kafia2008@yahoo.com or send by mail to 259 SE 162nd Ave.,  Portland, OR, 97233, USA, by April 11, 2014!

Thanks to our fundraiser supporters!

We are so grateful to the supporters of our fundraiser, our sponsor and the businesses and individuals who donated items to our silent auction. Check these folks out, or come bid on their donations at Sex, Love, and Disability III on March 1! (6:30pm-9pm, 700 N. Killingsworth St.)

Our sponsors for this event:









Performance Mobility logo--blue and white wheelchair access symbol with person in chair leaning forward and horizontal lines streaming behind as if the person is moving fast, to the left of "Performance mobility" with performance in all caps above mobility in the same access-symbol blue.







Our auction and raffle donors:

Businesses and organizations:

Blend Coffee Lounge

Cinema 21

Complete Designs Hair Studio

Cupcake Jones

Fat Fancy plus sizes

Grand Central Bakery Fremont

Hollywood Babylon (vintage)

In Other Words Feminist Bookstore

Ivan Cauldwell Photography, Video, and Effects


Pacific NW Pilates

Performance Mobility

¿Por Que No? Taqueria

Portland Center Stage

Reynolds Optical

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Santa Fe Taqueria

She Bop

St. Johns Booksellers

Tess Raunig Voice Studio

Three Monkeys Inc.

TigerLily Tattoo & Design Works

Trader Joe’s NW

The Wet Spot tropical fish

Whole Foods Hollywood


Bill Alton

Janet Conley

Sarah Doherty

Lavaun Heaster

Renae Marie

Deanne Nelson

Amelia Opie

Shelley Pearson

Erin Rosett

Sex, Love, and Disability!

Group shot from "I'm too sexy" video shoot: 4 rows of dancers with diverse disabilities lying down sassily, pouting, posing.Join us for Sex, Love and Disability III–our third celebration of the lives of people with disabilities, our loved ones, families, partners, crushes, desires, passions, and pleasures.

Saturday, March 1, 6:30-9:00PM

Center for Intercultural Organizing

700 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

The evening will feature performances and videos from diverse members of the disability, queer, fat, sex positive, and body positive communities, as well as a silent auction! The silent auction will feature items from various Portland based businesses and artists. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Proceeds support the Disability Pride and Culture Festival in May 2014, which will feature the amazing Lambda Literary Award winner and Mangos with Chili cofounder Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Help make the spring Festival happen by attending a great party!!

This is an 18+ event. Be advised, components of the show include nudity and sexual content.


Center for Intercultural Organizing features an accessible performance venue, including:

-Wheelchair access
-Accessible, gender neutral restrooms
-ASL Interpreters
-Audio description
-Please be scent free.
-Venue is located 6 blocks from TriMet MAX Yellow Line N Killingsworth stop and is accessible from bus lines 72, 4, and 44.

For further accessibility information, contact disabilityartculture@gmail.com or call DACP at 503-238-0723 (voice).

Check out the event on facebook!

Thanks for a fantastic 2013, DACP friends!

Thank you for being part of another year of great disability art and culture! You can help us jump-start our work for 2013 by making a tax-deductible gift to DACP before 11:59pm on December 31!

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2013 was fantastic for DACP!

Our Inclusive Arts Vibe program has never been so active.

This year, Rachel Esteve, IAV Dance Company member, worked as an Assistant Dance Teacher. IAV also continued its dance classes at Alder Creek Middle School for a second year, and the Middle School students performed at the end of their school year! The Alder Creek Middle School principal called it “a model of inclusion,” and we look forward to many successful collaborations in the future!

black and white photo of IAVDC dancer Rachel Esteve, a young white woman in a black shiny skirt and black fingerless gloves, and a black t-shirt with a sparkling skull over her entire torso. Her glasses are small rectangles, and her shoulder-length dark hair is half over her face; she is dancing in 1/4 profile, facing right in the far right of the frame, in shadow next to washed out white wall, right arm outstretched and palm up, left arm held parallel but bent in front of her torso, as if she is offering something to the viewer. She looks edgy.

Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, DACP’s integrated youth dance company, put on their second solo show, Home/Unrestrained. In addition to our weekend shows, IAVDC added a free Friday matinee for school and community groups.  IAVDC were featured performers at a Colored Pencils event.

IAVDC also performed at Portland Community College after DACP got a grant to showcase disability arts there; IAVDC was joined by two fantastic Portland artists, Tess Raunig and Ivan Cauldwell, who danced and sang, as well as a showing of Cheryl Green’s film “Friending with Brain Injury,” and Alexis Jewell and Max McDonnell’s film “A Heart’s Beat.”

IAVDC dancers Ali, Addie, Rachel W, and Monique dancing at Glitter, Groove, Grow!. Ali is in the background left, black capris and blue t-shirt, arms relaxed, facing to the right. Addie is standing straight on with head in 3/4 profile facing riht, left arm raised and bent to the side of her head, right arm slightly akimbo, right knee slightly bent. Her mouth is smiling and her hand is in her face. Rachel W is sitting in a wheelchair with right arm and left arm held slightly open at mid-chest height, head bent slightly down, hair piled on her head. She and Addie are in black pants and mint green shirts over black undershirts. Monique is to Rachel's right, all in black, head bent down, hair falling over her face, arms both raised in relaxed fists, knees bent, in profile. Rachel's PA is standing behind Rachel looking over Rachel's left shoulder, smiling, hands on handgrips of Rachel's wheelchair, also in black.

IAVDC dancers at Glitter! Groove! Grow!

April saw Glitter! Groove! Grow!, a family-friendly fundraiser for Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company.  We were honored by an afternoon of performances by Native American drummer and singer John Edmo, the luminous storyteller Ed Edmo, popular folksinger and longtime DACP supporter Jana Losey, storyteller and artist Joy Corcoran, singer Sarah Doherty, and a preview performance by IAVDC!

This year is a big one for growth and change!

DACP is transitioning. Oregon Cultural Access (ORCA), will become DACP.    Our current board is supporting the nonprofit’s transition, and we will be recruiting new board members!

DACP was also accepted into the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Cultural Leadership Program. DACP staff have the opportunity to work on long-term strategic planning with a nonprofit consultant to secure our sustainability and growth.

DACP hired volunteer Sarah Doherty to work quarter time on Development, to write grant applications and reports, help organize fundraisers, and seek sponsorships.

From January to June, DACP hosted an accessible, low-cost life drawing group at the Gallery at Port City. We featured live models who were Disabled and nondisabled, young and old, LGBTQ and straight, fat and thin, and our artists created beautiful artistic representations of diverse bodies and subjects. Check out photos of some of the artwork on our facebook page!

DACP received a grant from Oregon Humanities for our reading group, Dis/Representation: Reading into Disability.  DACP partnered with Portland Community College Disability Services, Gimp Girl, and Portland State University Disability Resource Center to present a disability justice literature program, PCC provided space, technology, and real-time captioning to hold reading groups every month.  People attended groups in person, and called and wrote in from their homes ll over the state! We read fiction and nonfiction by leading thinkers on disability justice and studies. You can find a list of readings on our webpage, http://disrepresentation.com.

In addition to the reading group, we presented a poetry reading and chapbook-signing with poet and long-time DACP supporter, William Alton. We also worked with Willamette University to bring feminist Disability Studies scholar Ann Fox to lecture on Toni Morrison’s book, Home.

Photo of William Alton reading poetry. He is seated at a folding table, one arm braced on knee, right arm bent and elbow resting on right knee, leaning forward and speaking into a microphone while looking out at the crowd. Bill is a middle aged white man in faded jeans and a gray collared shirt with a brown hat and a brown beard and small wire glasses, looking up. A piece of paper is on the table along with a bottle of soda; he is seated in front of a table with rows of books lying sideways on their pages, below a few pictures or postings on the wall.

William Alton reading poetry

In the summer and fall, DACP also piloted a community organizing/outreach internship program. We worked with five interns to publicize our Dis/Representation events, build new connections with statewide disability, arts, social justice, and people of color organizations, and further develop existing relationships between DACP and other organizations and communities. Our interns also learned about organizing, disability rights and disability justice, and dynamics of oppression and resistance across different communities. Your donation will help us continue to develop new leaders and build our disability arts programing and sustainability of DACP.

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We have a lot to look forward to in 2014:

We are planning a winter Disability Movie Night. Watch for an announcement about that event!

We are planning our third Sex, Love, and Disability adult fundraiser for early March. We are always looking for volunteers to help us seek sponsorships and items for donation and auction, coordinate event details, and organize entertainment.

We will also be seeking submissions for a ‘zine on disability, sex, and love! We’ll assemble the ‘zine and sell it as a fundraiser for DACP.

May 17-24, DACP will present the 6th Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival! We are very excited to announce that our featured guest artist is Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, who is currently a featured artist with Sins Invalid,  founded the traveling queer and trans* people of color performance group Mangos with Chili, and won a Lambda Literary Award for her poetry book, Love Cake. Piepzna-Samarasinha will hold a performance intensive for any interested artists.  We are also planning a panel on Revolutionary Arts, a poetry reading by Piepzna-Samarasinha, and of course the Festival performances!

We would like to ask you to consider making a personally significant year-end gift  to Disability Art and Culture Project to kick off a spectacular new year. To those of you who have given your time and resources, thank you. We accomplished so much this year with volunteer time, donations, and the determination and creative flair from our disability arts community. We couldn’t have done it without you. All of us at the Disability Art and Culture Project want to thank you for a fantastic 2013, and we look forward to building vibrant disability art and culture with you in 2014 and beyond!


Kathy Coleman, Artistic Director

Sarah Doherty, Development Director

Photo of IAVDC dancers Daric and Sam (and Sam's PA) dancing in black pants and pink shirts. Daric is an African American man standing in the left of the frame, right arm behind his back and left arm held parallel to the ground at shoulder-height. He is wearing glasses and smiling. Sam is a white man sitting in a black power chair with legs crossed, right arm lowered and left arm raised pointing out, at shoulder height. Behind Sam, his PA, a white young blond woman, stands in a black shirt with left arm raised over her head and right arm held at shoulder height, forearm raised and curled toward her slightly, fist clenched.

Daric, Sam, and Sam’s PA dancing in the studio

Ann Fox Dis/Representation guest lecturer event!


Representation of Disability in Literature
Guest Lecturer Ann Fox
A project of Disability Art and Culture Project’s
Dis/Representation Social Justice Literature Program
Intersections of identities in Toni Morrison’s novel “Home”.
Please join us for a reception following lecture and discussion.

Date: Sunday, October 20th
Time: 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Location: Shattuck Annex Room 120
Portland State University
1914 SW Park Ave.
Cost: By donation.
No one turned away for lack of funds.


View the event flier:

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2013 Community Survey

It’s that time again! Time for YOU to tell DACP how you’d like to see our work develop, and time for you to let us know how you’d like to be involved with DACP. Take our 2013 Community Survey! This year we’re also asking about our anti-oppression policies; we want to hear from you about what we should include in our policies.

Click here to take the survey.

It should take 10-20 minutes (depends on how much you write!). You can skip any question you like.