“Let us use our creativity to explode the truth in the face of the nation.” – Justin Dart, Jr.


the Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian

Nina G speaks into a microphone.

Photo by Shannon Knight.

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites you to attend our upcoming fundraiser!

Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Doors at 7:30 p.m.

DACP will bring Nina G, the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one), to Portland for an evening of comedy, and a silent auction!  In addition to being a stand up comedian, Nina is also a disability activist, motivational speaker, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.

Valerie Branch, a Bay Area radio show host, comedy producer, and writer, captured Nina’s perspective on comedy in her 2014 piece “Comedian Who Stutters Goes Beyond the Punch Lines:”

Nina G has been challenging attitudes about Disability since she did stand-up for the first time in 2010. “How many people with Disabilities does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Answer: “One to screw it in and 5 able bodied people to say ‘You are such an inspiration!’” This joke is a favorite in Nina G’s stand-up routine. It brings to light (no pun intended) the struggle people with Disabilities have in an able -bodied society that reduces them to images of “inspirations” and “overcomers”…

Always striving to balance her strong activist voice with a good dose of comedy, Nina says, “There is an ongoing struggle of tending to be preachy but wanting to be funny at the same time. I think that’s a balance that I really need to have.” Nina goes on to emphasize:  “For the topic of disability it’s especially important to utilize humor as a tool to open up dialogue, because people’s defenses are so high.” Nina finds that people don’t want to talk about disabilities, which is ironic because, as she points out, “The Disabled Community is one of the few minority groups that people can join at absolutely any time in their life.”

Our fundraiser will support the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival, which DACP produces in partnership with national film festival ReelAbilities. Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities.  It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Houston and many more.  We are excited to bring these films back to Portland! Portland ReelAbilities is scheduled for the spring of 2018.

Learn more about Nina G WWW.NinaGcomedian.com, her one person show: Going Beyond Inspirational, or purchase Nina’s book: Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities

Learn more about the 2016 Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival, and stay up to date with developments for 2018: http://portland.reelabilities.org/

“An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G is made possible by the Northwest Health Foundation.

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Image description: A crowd of people sit in a lit theater, facing a large white screen.  A red carpet is visible in the aisle leading to a stage, also carpeted in red.  Windows, a balcony, and the black curtain behind the screen are all lit with blue stage lights, and there are light sconces on the brown walls.

Photo by Nikki Lane

DACP’s biannual Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival is coming up in the spring of 2018. ReelAbilities is a national organization dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Houston and many more. We are excited to bring these films back to Portland!

We need YOUR help – volunteer with our planning committee to be a part of this important event!

Committee member responsibilities:
  • Screen and rate films, make recommendations for inclusion in our festival
  • Attend planning / production meetings
  • Follow up with individual tasks and report back to the committee in a timely manner
  • Commit to participation through the event date in May 2018
  • Active committee members are essential to the success of the event.  The committee will be expected to actively contribute
About you:
  • Be familiar with proud disability culture or willing to learn about it
  • Understand disability justice as part of civil rights and intersectional social justice
  • Be willing to accommodate access needs

For more information, or to let us know your interest in the planning committee, contact DACP at disabilityartculture@gmail.com.

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Click on “Events” to learn about DACP’s upcoming events, including our biennial Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival.

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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.