REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits February Events

The Disability Art and Culture Project is proud to announce receipt of a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at Northwest Health Foundation, to support the REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits initiative.  We invite you to join us to learn more, and let your voices be heard, at two upcoming events Wednesday, February 15, and Friday, February 17.

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Photo by Kim Cooksey

Dis/Representation: “REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits, Panel on Disability Employment”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Student Union Room 203
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Join our panel of disability activists to learn more about economic barriers for people with disabilities, and hear panelists’ personal experiences with employment obstacles. Q & A will follow. Audience feedback welcomed concerning economic justice, and policy issues for the REAL initiative. Become a REAL partner! We’re recruiting more partners to work on economic justice for our community.

Panel on Disability Employment: Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion; Saara Hirsi, African Community Youth Organization; Kiel Moses, REAL / DACP Partner; Michelle Sobel, LCSW

For accommodations, transit & parking info, online participation, discussion materials and more, visit, or contact us at

Click here to join us on Facebook!


REAL D Community Meeting: Intersectional Disability and Race Prioritization Session

Friday, February 17, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Building Floor 7
Transformation Training Room
421 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97204

RSVP to attend:

The Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion and REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits are collaborating to host a community meeting. Your help is needed to plan for the implementation of the Oregon House Bill 2134, for the collection of race, ethnicity, language and disability (REAL D) demographic data. We want to learn about data collection and analysis needs related to social and health indicators for disability and intersecting communities. You may ask – REAL and Health? Economics? Yes, economic justice impacts our health. When we talk about health in these meetings, we are also considering the social determinants of health such as employment, insurance, income, poverty, transportation, and so on.

Your feedback is needed to prioritize the type of data implemented with the REAL D standards so that information from the Oregon Health Authority can be used to promote the health of people in the disability and intersecting communities.

ASL interpretation and CART will be provided.
Location served by MAX lines at Oak / Pine, and 5th / 6th streets.
If you would like to participate remotely, contact
For other inquiries, contact OHA’s Marjorie McGee at

Click here to join us on Facebook!

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Thank you to our REAL Partners: Autism Empowerment, Living Stages Theater, Oregon Association of the Deaf, Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, Sankofa Collective Northwest, African Community Youth Organization, Kiel Moses, Michelle Sobel, and Terry Blosser.

Dis/Representation is made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and our partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services.

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Support DACP on Giving Tuesday!

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The Disability Art and Culture Project is participating in Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday, November 29, head on over to the #OregoniansGive website to support DACP.

Your contributions allow DACP to produce events such as the Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival, Portland’s first Disability Film Festival, which we put on in May 2016. As part of the Festival, we filmed a Disability Representation in Film and TV Panel Discussion at Portland Community Media.

You can catch the first airing of the Panel Discussion on Channel 22 this Saturday November 26 at 5:00 p.m.!  All airings will be Closed Captioned.

Four women sit in a row, one in a wheelchair, the other three in black chairs. The women have lapel microphones on the collars of their shirts. Black cords run behind their chairs. A large purple curtain hangs in the background.

About the Panel: local artists with disabilities and allies gathered to talk about the ways we can bring disability arts into the mainstream. Their conversation is followed by audience Q & A.

Cheryl Green: Media Artist and Closed Captioner
Courtney Hermann: Filmmaker and Media Arts Educator
Bryony Nesbitt: Writer, Actor, Joy Seeker

Moderated by Kathy Coleman: Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dance Filmmaker.

Full broadcast schedule:
Channel 22: Saturday, 11-26-2016 05:00 pm
Channel 23: Monday, 11-28-2016 06:30 pm
Channel 23: Thursday, 12-01-2016 08:30 pm
Channel 11: Sunday, 12-04-2016 11:30 am
Channel 22: Tuesday, 12-06-2016 07:30 pm

More about Portland Community Media channels here:

More Ways to Give

Take advantage of a cultural tax credit before the end of the year by matching your donation to DACP with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Click here to read more about how it works.

Visit us on PayPal to donate any time.

Remember you can support DACP at no cost, just by shopping at Fred Meyer or Amazon!
Fred Meyer Community Rewards – link DACP to your free rewards card.
AmazonSmile – link DACP to your account at Same great Amazon, except your shopping supports DACP.


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Dis/Representation: “Diversity versus Equity: What’s not working about corporate trainings.”

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Dis/Representation: “Diversity versus Equity: What’s not working about corporate trainings.”

Presented by Leila Haile

Wednesday November 16, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Cascade Hall Room 209
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
Bus line 72
Parking information below.*  Follow this link to download a map of PCC Cascade: 4-cascade-campus-map

The Disability Art and Culture Project is proud to announce November’s Dis/Representation discussion.

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how to approach Social Justice and equity in our workplaces, schools and other institutions in a way that honors our identities and asks us to reach deep to unpack our own bias so we can create environments where people can be their full selves.

About Leila Haile
As the co-director for Sankofa Collective NW; Leila Haile’s activism is far-reaching, from organizing with Black Lives Matter PDX to collaborating with ENLACE on prison divestment, to running several youth programs for the LGBTQIA community; they strive to build connections for the liberation of Queer folks of Color in Portland and globally.

Online participation will be available for this discussion. More information coming soon to Facebook (click here for November’s Facebook event), and to the Dis/Representation website ( about how to participate online. Send an email to us at if you have any questions.

Accommodations available upon request:

  • ASL Interpreters
  • Audio Description
  • Real-Time Captioning (CART)
  • Alternate Formats

Please contact us at one week in advance to ensure accommodations.  Thank you.

*Please note that PCC visitors parking a vehicle are required to purchase and display a permit.  Parking costs $2 for two hours.  When attending PCC events, please refrain from parking on neighborhood streets.

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Thank you to our partner and host for November, Portland Community College Disability Services.

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Dis/Representation Returns with October Discussion “Disability Culture and Justice”

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We are proud to announce the return of Dis/Representation for 2016-2017, and our first discussion taking place in East Portland!

“Disability Culture and Justice”
Facilitated by Kathy Coleman
Wednesday October 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Rosewood Initiative – 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233
Bus line 20, MAX blue line nearby

Our October discussion, “Disability Culture and Justice,” will include:
  • Overview of DACP our philosophy and programs
  • Why is Disability Culture important to our communities?
  • People of color with disabilities changing the movement: Disability Justice: access, interdependence, intersections of Identities and liberation
  • Questions and discussion: What’s important for East Portland’s Disability Community?

We would love to share this forum with people with disabilities and allies doing disability justice and cultural work in East Portland.  Please contact us at if you would like to speak about your projects.

Accommodations available upon request:
– ASL Interpreters
– Audio Description
– Alternate Formats
Please contact us at least one week in advance to ensure accommodations.  Thank you for your understanding.

More information is available at

Dis/Representation is on Facebook –
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Thank you to our sponsor and host for October, The Rosewood Initiative.

Thank you to our partner Portland Community College, for their ongoing support.

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company Kickstarter is Live!

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Photo by Shannon Knight

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company (IAVDC) is planning their 5th show for May 5-7, 2017!  We will have 3 performances including two free performances for schools and community programs. These performances will showcase our innovative choreography, dancers’ skills and creativity and expose integrated dance to new audiences.

Click here to visit our Kickstarter page

We are raising $2500 for the following:

  • Costumes
  • Rehearsal Space, for dancers to work on their own choreography for duets and solos
  • ASL Interpretation
  • Audio Description
  • Videography
  • Photography

Each of these pieces will help us make this a beautiful, accessible event and allow us to preserve the performances with high quality images and video. These recordings will help us share with others the great value and power of integrated dance for youth and young adults in fostering community and disability pride.

Our works for this year’s performance include:

  • “The Journey”
  • A dramatic dance trio about lost love to “This House,” by Alyson Moyet.
  • A quirky dance featuring chicken and fish motivated movement and a tango chase.
  • Daric and Monique are choreographing a charming duet to the song “Never Fully Dressed without a Smile” from Annie.
  • A trio with Attitude featuring dancers Ryan, Monique, and Addie
  • A classical dance with live music featuring Divergent Opera.

For more information, visit our Kickstarter page, or contact us at

Thanks for your support!

Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company announces open company positions!

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2016-2017 positions available now – sign up by September 30, 2016.

We invite dancers ages 12 – 22 to join our dance company now for the 2016 – 2017 year!  Inclusive Arts Vibe provides integrated dance classes, and is inclusive of youth with and without disabilities.  Dancers of all experience levels are welcome.

Dancers have the opportunity to learn structured improvisation through DanceAbility Methodology, how to choreograph movement including creating their own solos or small ensembles, and expand their movement vocabulary through learning contemporary dance.  IAVDC emphasizes individual expression of movement and building an equitable community through dance.

Participating in Inclusive Arts Vibe is a way for young dancers to develop artistic expressions, positive identities, leadership skills, and experience a working model of social justice in the arts.

Click here to take a look at some of IAVDC’s recent performances on Vimeo.

For more information or to join our next rehearsal, contact us at or 503-358-9085.

Rehearsals take place 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at New Expressive Works | Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont.  Rehearsal cost is $10 per week.

2016-2017 positions available now – sign up by September 30, 2016!

Comments from our community:

“I am a special ed teacher and an advocate for inclusion – you are living it!” – IAVDC audience member

“It is importance to dance because it is a good way to express yourself” – IAVDC dancer

“I love that I get to dance with people I love” – IAVDC dancer

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Portland ReelAbilities and the Disability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival 2016

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Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street
Trimet bus lines: #72
Click here to see showtimes available on the PDX ReelAbilities website

Call for Volunteers – we need your help!  Read more below.

ReelAbilities, the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to sharing the stories of people with disabilities, makes its Portland debut from May 27 to 29, 2016, presented by the Disability Art and Culture Festival (DACP). Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is hosted in cities across the nation including New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. This will be Portland’s first Disability Film Festival.

DACP’s goal is to have a high quality film festival that portrays people with disabilities without stereotype or overcoming medical narratives. We want to show both disabled and abled-bodied audiences that we are filmmakers, actors and actresses and that our lives are complex and our imaginations vast. Our films will emphasize an affirmative disability identity that values our contributions and artistry.

In addition to 25 award-winning films by and about people with disabilities, the festival will present a DIY filmmaking workshop May 16 and 18, a panel on disability representation in film and TV May 19 and Northwest/local films on May 29.

More information, including a full roster of titles, screening times, workshop and panel information is available on the Portland ReelAbilities website:

Tickets are available on the Alberta Rose Theatre’s website: Tickets are $10 for individual screenings, $18 for a day pass and $30 for a weekend pass.

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Contact us:

All films are Closed Captioned. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description are available at select film screenings. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with event setup and takedown, welcome our audience, and connect them with any accommodations needed for them to enjoy the festival.

We are also looking for a volunteer photographer!  You must have experience with photography in order to qualify for this position.  Photographer must be able to provide their own camera.

Click here to email us, to sign up to volunteer.  If you are interested in the photographer position, please include a few images so we can see examples of your work.

Here are the times we could use your help!

Friday, May 27, 2016:

Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Sunday, May 29, 2016:
1:30pm-2:30pm *
1:30pm-4:30pm *

* Sunday matinee showings contain explicit content, and are not suitable for volunteers under 18 years of age.

Volunteers are a pivotal piece of producing the Film Festival, and achieving our mission. All volunteers 16 and up are welcome. We look forward to working with you!

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Thank you to our sponsors and partners: