Laurel Lawson, a white woman with short cropped teal hair, is flying in the air with arms spread wide, wheels spinning, and supported by Alice Sheppard. Alice, a multiracial Black woman with coffee-colored hair, is lifting from the ground below. They are making eye contact and smiling. A burst of white light appears in a dark blue sky. Photo by Jay Newman / BRITT Festival.

(re)Making Our World


Saturday, October 2 @1p
Charles A. Brown Ice House

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome.
*Reservations encouraged to help us plan; walk-ups welcome too!

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“Disability is a creative force enabling new understandings of the moving world.” – Kinetic Light

Experience our world, where disability culture and aesthetics take the stage. The intersectional disability arts movement promotes work by disabled people, work that features disabled people, and work that imagines a disabled audience as primary. This movement acknowledges access as a creative force in the artistic process and work itself, rather than as a retroactive accommodation.

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of inquiry and delight in an exchange with local and national artists who are experts in the disability arts field. Featured presentations include films highlighting the work of acclaimed dance ensemble Kinetic Light, a visual arts exhibition from community members, and a theatre performance examining questions on aging and independence in the time of COVID.

Audio description, closed captioning, ASL interpretation, and accessible parking/seating for all events.

[Image description: Laurel Lawson, a white woman with short cropped teal hair, is flying in the air with arms spread wide, wheels spinning, and supported by Alice Sheppard. Alice, a multiracial Black woman with multicoloured hair, is lifting from the ground below. They are making eye contact and smiling. A burst of white light appears in a dark blue sky. Photo by Jay Newman / BRITT Festival.]


Autism and the Arts is funded in part by the Dexter F. And Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and The Women’s Giving Circle of Good Shepherd


WHAT TO EXPECT

Be ready to enjoy an exploration of disability in the arts through film, visual art, and theatrical performance in an examination of aging and independence.  Anne Labovitz of the I Love You Institute invites audience members to participate in a collaborative community art project between 12:30-1pm; plan to arrive early to take part. 

Want to explore this work beyond the performance? Join us for a community conversation on Friday, 10/1 at 12-1pm, where (re)Making Our World Project Leader and Local Artist Cora Hook will be a special guest. More info here.

VENUE: Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

RUN TIME: 4 hours, with an intermission and pauses in programming

1:00p – Time for audience to walk around in the gallery and take their time getting to seats. Audience may also arrive early and participate in the festival’s Community Quilt project with guest artist Anne Labovitz. (15 minutes)
1:15p – Welcoming remarks
1:20p – Videos from Kinetic Light – Revel in Your Body and The Making of Where Good Souls Fear (25 minutes)
1:45p – Panel discussion and webinar – “The Power of Access” (60 minutes)
2:45p – Intermission – time to use the restroom, take in the art gallery, and participate in the Community Quilt project (15 minutes)
3:00p – Room for Rent (45 minutes)
3:45p – Post-show talkback (30 minutes)

 

PARKING: For this event, we are reserving the parking lot immediately adjacent to the Ice House for individuals with limited mobility. For all guests, there is metered parking nearby in the Lehigh Street Lot across from the Wooden Match (61 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance. Accessible restrooms are also available. Parking is available next to the venue as noted above. There will be free shuttle service to bring guests in need between the parking lots and the venue.

**COVID-19 SAFETY** The Ice House is on city property; per City of Bethlehem guidelines, masks must be worn – regardless of vaccination status – by anyone visiting a government building. All ushers, box office staff, etc. will be masked; performers will be vaccinated and unmasked when onstage. As an audience member, please bring your own mask to wear; if you need one, we’ll have plenty of extras on hand. Seating will provide some physical distance “by pod”; ushers will place chairs out for you and your group.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.