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One State Together In the Arts | Dr. Carrie Sandahl, UIC Program for Disabilities Art, Culture and Humanities

Early this summer, Sixty Inches From Center attended the One State Together In The Arts Conference in Bloomington, Illinois. (See the photos taken at the event here)  Every two years state-wide artists, educators, arts advocates, arts organizers and arts organizations come together in a different city to exchange ideas, share experiences and get to know the people doing great things in the arts throughout Illinois. Around the theme Creative Breakthrough, presenters in the fields of design, music, poetry, theater and more offered their insights on what it has taken for them to take their ideas to new heights, push further and apply what they’ve learned to how they will move forward. To do our part in spreading the wealth of information found at the conference, Sixty Inches From Center requested permission to post the videos from One State Together In The Arts on our site.  The following text and videos are taken directly from the One State Together In The Arts website, and the talk of presenter Dr. Carrie Sandahl, Director of the Program on Disability Art, Culture and Humanities at University of Illinois at Chicago.

About Carrie Sandahl

Dr. Carrie Sandahl. (Image courtesy of One State Together In The Arts.)

Dr. Carrie Sandahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the head of the new Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities, which is devoted to research on and the creation of disability art. Beginning in 2010, this program will also serve as the new administrative home for Chicago’s Bodies of Work, an organization that supports city-wide disability arts festivals and that promotes disability arts and culture year-round. Her own research and creative activity focus on disability and gender identities in live performance, including theatre, dance, and performance art.

Carrie Sandahl was the Co-Project Investigator with Dr. Carol Gill of the University of Illinois at Chicago on a three-year qualitative study entitled “Experiences of Individuals with Disabilities Pursuing Careers in the Arts: Creating a National Portrait in Words and Numbers” for the National Endowment for the Arts. This study explored the barriers and facilitators to arts careers for people with disabilities and included in-depth interviews and focus groups.

She has been active at both the local and national levels in advocating for people with disabilities. Currently Sandahl serves on the organizing committee of the Disability Art and Culture Project of Access Living (Chicago’s Independent Living Center) as well as the fundraising and organizing committee for Project Access at Victory Gardens Theatre.

One State is bi-annually convened by Illinois Arts Council and the Arts Alliance Illinois.

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