Join Us for Exciting Upcoming Events Celebrating Disability Culture!

Dear Disability Community Members, We are thrilled to announce a series of upcoming events hosted by our colleagues at the Disability and Cultural Center (DCC). Join us in celebrating disability culture through various engaging and inspiring activities. Below are the details of these exciting events:
June 24, 2024

DCC Virtual Kick-Off: "A Night of Disability Culture"

Date: July 12

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Virtually (Link will be provided closer to the date here)

To launch the Disability Cultural Center, we will begin with a program dedicated to celebrating the range of beauty, creativity, and innovation that disability culture brings to San Francisco. Join us for live performances by all disabled artists, the majority of whom are BIPOC. Their work in art, music, poetry, dance, and literature challenges perceptions about disability and instead celebrates the beauty that disabled people bring to our world. We will end the program with a community-wide dance and fashion party. Whether you'll come to our virtual red carpet in your cozy clothes during a pain flare or want to bust out your most couture look, and whether you dance with the movement of your eyes or with your whole body in motion, we're here for it because the opening of the Virtual Disability Cultural Center is cause for celebration!

Café Crip: The Value of Disability Culture

Date: July 26

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Virtually (Link will be provided closer to the date here)

Cafe Crip will be a monthly opportunity for participants at the SF Disability Cultural Center to come together to talk about important topics within our diverse disability community. Participants will receive readings in advance, but the discussion is organized so that anyone can attend and participate whether or not they have a chance to come prepared. This event is led by Bianca Laureano, a talented facilitator who leads the group through community agreements and access principles to ensure that everyone can be a part of this informal community-building hangout. This month's program will follow our virtual night of Disability Culture on 7/12 with a conversation about the power of disability culture to fight ableism, both internalized and external, and promote disability justice.

Disabled Portrait Event at SF MoMA

Date: July 27

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Location: 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

This collaboration between the Disability Visibility Project and the SF Disability Cultural Center will be in person at SF MoMA. We will host a powerful opportunity to celebrate the beauty of disabled people by inviting our diverse community to have their photographs taken and visit the museum afterward for free. Too often, getting your picture taken as a disabled person has caused harm, with clueless photographers who pressure their models to hide their disabilities or mask as neurotypical. Even choosing to submit yourself to being stared at through the camera lens can be hard when so many people with apparent disabilities face stares as a part of daily life. Here, our photographer Mia Robinson, a queer trans disabled person, focuses their work on how to celebrate disabled bodies and minds and rewrite the experience of being photographed. Each participant will receive a print of their photo sent to them after the event and snacks and refreshments as we socialize with other portrait seekers on this celebratory day, marking the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this reminder that we're still here!

For more details and to RSVP, visit SF MoMA Disability Portrait Day.