WBEZ | Access Living http://www.wbez.org/content/access-living Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A Conversation with Albie Sachs http://www.wbez.org/conversation-albie-sachs-107594 <p><div>While in Chicago, <strong>Albie Sachs</strong> will visit Access Living, where he will give a public talk about his experiences with the anti-apartheid movement and his insight on the state of South Africa today, with a focus on disability rights.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bio: &nbsp;Born in South Africa in 1935, <strong>Albert Louis Sachs</strong> has committed his life to recognition, enforcement and preservation of human rights for all people. Sachs earned a law degree at the age of 21, with which he defended mostly black clients, and others accused of rejecting repressive security laws. After multiple imprisonments for resisting apartheid, Sachs went into exile in 1966. He lived in England for 11 years before moving to Mozambique, which had just overthrown Portuguese colonial rule. In Mozambique, Sachs developed a close working relationship with Oliver Tambo, the President of the African National Congress, and continued his fight against apartheid. In 1988, while still in exile, he was nearly killed by a car bomb, which took his right arm and the sight in his right eye.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After 24 years of exile, Sachs returned to South Africa after apartheid fell in 1990. He was appointed to the Constitutional Committee, on which he helped craft the new constitution, which included provisions ensuring inclusion of rights of people with disabilities. As a member of the committee, Sachs became a persuasive advocate for a Bill of Rights and an independent judiciary. After South Africa&rsquo;s first multiracial elections, Nelson Mandela appointed Sachs to the country&rsquo;s new Constitutional Court. While Sachs served, the court abolished the death penalty and overturned laws criminalizing homosexuality. In 2005, Sachs wrote the opinion in the landmark decision Home Affairs v. Fourie, legalizing same-sex marriage in South Africa. Sachs was also deeply involved with the development of the new Constitutional Court building, built on the site where <strong>Nelson Mandela</strong> and <strong>Mohandas Gandhi</strong> had been imprisoned. The Court building has won international acclaim for the integration of artistry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is presented by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Columbia College Chicago, and by Access Living</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.accessliving.org/index.php?tray=event&amp;tid=top684&amp;cid=118ga357">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/conversation-albie-sachs-107594 OUTTAKES: The Disability Culture Cabaret http://www.wbez.org/outtakes-disability-culture-cabaret-102772 <p><p>Access Living&rsquo;s Arts and Culture Project and Bodies of Work proudly present OUTTAKES, the fourth annual Disability Culture Cabaret. The Cabaret will include a selection of poetry readings, comedy sketches, and performances by five poets and performers with disabilities. Guest performer <strong>Ann Stocking</strong>&nbsp;will headline the event.</p><div>An actress from Los Angeles, California, Stocking is one of the first disabled people to be accepted into and graduate from a major acting program in the United States, earning a degree from UCLA&rsquo;s School of Theatre, Film, and Television with a master&rsquo;s in acting. Stocking has performed at some of Los Angeles&rsquo; finest theatres, including the Mark Taper Forum, the Falcon Theatre, the Geffen Playhouse and the Theatre @Boston Court. She has performed her solo work at REDCAT theatre in the new Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and for a sold-out crowd at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Stocking&rsquo;s mission is to play disabled characters with accuracy and depth, and to continue to be cast in roles that are not disability-specific.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>OUTTAKES also celebrates disability arts culture with local artists: <strong>Pennie Brinson</strong> will present three poems about her relationship with poetry; <strong>David Jones</strong> will deliver two poems about dating as a disabled LGBT person; <strong>Matthew Ramirez</strong> will read a selection of poems titled &quot;Living/AfterLiving&quot;; <strong>Mike Ervin</strong> will perform a sketch titled &ldquo;Beware my Joystick&rdquo;; and <strong>Gary Arnold</strong> will present a mix of humor and drama in his piece &ldquo;Primary Education.&rdquo;</div></p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/outtakes-disability-culture-cabaret-102772 Beauty is a Verb http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-02/beauty-verb <p><p>Access Living and Bodies of Work present readings from the book <em>Beauty is a Verb: The New Disability Poets</em>, a collection of poetry by artists with disabilities. <em>Beauty is a Verb</em> is edited by Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northern. The performance will feature readings by <strong>Jennifer Bartlett</strong>, <strong>Sheila Black</strong>, <strong>Jim Ferris</strong>, <strong>Kenny Fries</strong>, <strong>Laurie Lambeth</strong>, <strong>Stephen Kuusisto</strong>,<strong> Rusty Morrison</strong>, <strong>Danielle Pafunda</strong>, and <strong>Jillian Weise</strong>.<br> <br> The event is free to public and is hosted in an accessible location. Personal assistants and sign language interpreters will be provided.<br> <br> The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:53:15 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-02/beauty-verb From Aspiration to Artist: A Conversation about Physically Integrated Dance in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-09/aspiration-artist-conversation-about-physically-integrated-dance-chicago <p><p>In preparation for the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University’s presentation of AXIS Dance Company on November 19–20, this panel discussion explores the state of training and performance for physically integrated dance—dance that includes both dancers with and without physical disabilities. The panel will address:</p><ul><li>The history of physically integrated dance in Chicago</li><li>The training available for young dancers</li><li>Barriers that dancers with disabilities face in the profession</li><li>Best practices for physically integrated dance training</li><li>Critical assessment of physically integrated performances</li><li>Training of educators and choreographers on incorporating dancers with disabilities into work</li><li>Preparing audiences to appreciate the art form</li></ul></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:24:54 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-09/aspiration-artist-conversation-about-physically-integrated-dance-chicago Release Reading of "Testify": JOT Writers on Creative Resistance: Art as Activism http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-21/release-reading-testify-jot-writers-creative-resistance-art-activism <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) is excited to announce “Testify,” the fall 2011 issue of the <em>Journal of Ordinary Thought</em>. This issue features prose and poetry on the theme of "Creative Resistance: Art and Activism" and an introduction by Arlene Goldbard, cultural activist and author of <em>New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development</em>. The issue also includes images of quilts created by the Fiber Artists for Hope from their exhibit "The Unspoken Truth About Racism: A Dialogue in Art Quilts." Several quilts created by this group of artists will be on display at the release reading. All attendees will receive a free copy of <em>JOT</em>.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>NWA programming represents the richness, complexity, and the diversity of the Chicago arts and literary community. NWA provides ongoing opportunities for adults in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods to engage in the literary arts through free weekly writing workshops, the quarterly publication of the <em>Journal of Ordinary Thought</em> (<em>JOT</em>), and public readings and events.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:57:29 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-21/release-reading-testify-jot-writers-creative-resistance-art-activism Intersections: Exploring Disability, Race, and Community through Arts and Culture http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-07-22/intersections-exploring-disability-race-and-community-through-arts-and-culture <p><p>In this panel discussion, three artists who represent diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse disability perspectives will engage in a dialogue around issues of race, gender, and community, examining how the issues intersect with disability.&nbsp; With a rich history of performance experience in theater, dance, writing, poetry and spoken word, the panel will explore the issues through an arts and culture lens.&nbsp;</p><p>Panelists include Los Angeles poet, playwright, and performer <strong>Lynn Manning</strong>, performance artist and <a href="http://www.erasingthedistance.org/">Erasing the Distance</a> member <strong>Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks</strong>, and <strong>Alana Wallace</strong>, artistic director of <a href="http://www.dancedetour.org/">Dance&gt;Detour</a>, a diverse-abilities dance company.<strong> Rene David Luna</strong>, a Chicago immigrant and employments rights activist with a disability, will moderate the panel.</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:57:30 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-07-22/intersections-exploring-disability-race-and-community-through-arts-and-culture