I want to extend a special invitation to those of you in the KC area to attend our exhibit, “Blindness Isn’t Black,” a VSA Missouri statewide touring exhibit of work by nine artists with disabilities. In 2009 VSA Missouri published Blindness isn’t Black, an anthology of work by 23 Missouri artists and writers with disabilities. As with the anthology, this exhibit demonstrates that work by artists with disabilities is just as varied and rich as any other diverse group of artists.
The St. Louis Riverfront Times summed up the spirit of the exhibit: The lesson inherent in Blindness Isn’t Black is that the person comes before the disability, and that humanity’s creative drive is a river that can be diverted but never dammed.
The exhibit is on display and open to the public now through April 22 in the Health and Sciences Building of Truman Medical Center 2220 Holmes (across the street from the main hospital).
Please join us for our Celebration of Access and the Arts on April 6, 7, and 8
Wednesday April 6 – group tours of the exhibit with some of the exhibiting artists. Some funding for school group transportation is available. Call me at 888-718-0866 to schedule. Slots are filling up so call soon!
Thursday April 7 – Open House 2:30 – 4pm. Music by Michael “Blind Cat” McIntire. Hear from the artists and writers in the anthology and enjoy refreshments! Groups welcome!
Friday April 8 – noon – 1pm Public concert by Blind Cat in the lobby of Truman Medical Center, 2301 Holmes
All events are free and open to the public thanks to funding from Arts KC, Truman Medical Center, Alphapointe Services for the Blind, The Whole Person, and Missouri Arts Council.
Hope to see you there!
PS Are you in the Joplin area? “Blindness Isn’t Black” travels to the Spiva Center in May!
Leslie Holt, Executive Director
The state organization on arts and disability
PO Box 58624
St. Louis 63158-8624