MiAA announces a new support program for arts professionals with disabilities
All Means All was initiated by the Marygrove Conservancy’s Center for Detroit Arts & Culture during 2020-2021. This was the first convening of artists and organizations rooted in and exploring disability culture. The project took place virtually, and successfully brought together 23 artists with disabilities who live in the Metro Detroit area.
In 2021, All Means All secured funding through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for a statewide expansion of the program.
The goals of the program are to:
- Raise the visibility of artists with disabilities
- Enhance the professional development for artists with disabilities.
- Strengthen the capacity for ongoing collaboration, networking, and promotion of artists with disabilities and disability organizations
All Means All will host bi-monthly Zoom sessions where artists can share their work. MiAA will work with the presenting artists on the development of an artist statement, biography, and how to present their art form to the public. A Michigan Artists Blog has been created to showcase their work, and MiAA and the partner organizations will provide other career development support.
All Means All partner organizations and advocates include Ramiro Alvarez, Community Organizer with Detroit Disability Power; Tameka Citchen-Spruce, filmmaker and video artist from Warriors on Wheels; Anthony Marcellini, Director, Progressive Art Studio Collective with Services to Enhance Potential; Cara Graninger with DanceAbility Detroit; Janice Fialka with Dance of Partnership; Andrea Scobie, Michigan Opera Theatre Director of Education, staff liaison to MOT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force; Petra Kuppers, poet, disability culture activist, community artist and professor of English Women’s studies, Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, University of Michigan; Mary Lou Greene, Director of Marygrove Conservancy; Dohn Hoyle with ARC Michigan; Cari Raboin with Copper Country Mental Health Services; Rik Rambo with Crossroads Industries in Gaylord; Rosetta Howard with Family Alliance Network; Vendella Collins with Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council; Steve Locke with Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council; Christine Gebhard with North Country Community Mental Health; Sarah Peurakowski with SAIL/Disability Network of the UP; Susan Burack from Hancock; Tiina Morin, arts and culture manager for the City of Marquette; and Sue Roll from Escanaba with the Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance.
for more information or to join All Means All as an artist or advocate, contact Lora Frankel at Lora@miartsaccess.org