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Crip Care Work

June 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-5

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Crip Care Work
TALK BACK Convening

Sunday, June 2nd, 12 – 6pm
7 – 9:30pm
Flux Factory
39-31 29th
Street Long Island City, NY

RSVP HERE (Not Required but Requested)

TALK BACK curated by Lexy Ho-Tai and moira williams

Crip Care Work
Sunday, June 2nd, 12 – 5pm
12:30pm – 12:40pm: Introductions
1-2:30pm: Tangled Arts + Disability: Panel Discussion on The State of Disability Arts in Toronto/ Ontario/ Canada
2:45-3pm: Paula Stuttman’s Disappearance Performance
3:30 – 5pm: A Day in the Life of Parkinson’s
5 – 7pm Break

Crip Ecologies of Emergent Pain
Co-Organized with Ezra Benus
7 – 7:10pm: Introductions
7:10 – 7:25pm: Poetry Reading by Jimena Lucero
7:30 – 8pm: “Pain is Precious,” a conversation with Ezra Benus
8:15 – 8:30pm: Poetry Reading by Cyree Jarelle Johnson
8:50 – 9:20pm: **Music performance by CATLIP + jess kurland **

**CATLIP + jess kurland’s performance is not a relaxed performance and will be loud with flashing lights. Foam ear plugs available.**

About the Presenters

Tangled Arts + Disability: is a fully disability-identified staff operating Canada’s first Disability Art gallery. They will discuss the emergence and swell of Deaf and Disability Arts, ‘Cripping’ arts and culture, a natural extension to the disability rights movement, that has disrupted mainstream narratives surrounding experiences of Deafness, Madness and Disability in Canada. Tangled Arts will also discuss the history of Disability Arts in Canada, accessible curation, funding structures and leadership, as well as accessible cultural marketing.

Paula Stuttman offers an oral and visual presentation of “The Disappearance_20 thoughts.” This brief talk stems from a project addressing shelf life (nothing lasts forever).

A Day in the Life of Parkinson’s a short play by Joel Shatzsky centered on two couples: Hal & Paula and Josh & Pat. Each character copes with the limitations of Parkinson’s disease; Hal resumes his career as a standup comic, Josh clings to his job in a tech company. While Paula and Pat are their husband’s caregivers and form a support group which is tested by Marcia, a recent widow. A note from Joel, “I can attest to the frustrations of coping with Parkinson’s. Especially when it comes to experiences like when the simple act of pulling on a sweater becomes a perilous undertaking.”

Ezra Benus is a practicing artist, educator, and activist. Ezra is an artist in residence in the 2018-2019 Art and Disability Residency through Art Beyond Sight, and works across media including pedagogy, painting, sculpture, photography, and performance. Ezra currently serves as Access Programs, Adult Learning and School Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum.

Jimena Lucero is a poet, artist, and trans woman from Queens, NY. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Hunter College. She is a Pink Door fellow and you can find her writing and more in EOAGH:

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a writer and librarian living in New York City. His first book of poetry “SLINGSHOT” will be published by Nightboat Books in September 2019. He is currently an Undergraduate Creative Writing Teaching Fellow and MFA candidate at Columbia University. @cyreejarelle,

CATLIP is an industrial psychic-punk duo formed in 2016 by best friends Bryan and Caleb. Their recently released single on soundcloud will be released this summer on their upcoming EP. Currently, they play shows at DIY venues in Brooklyn every few weeks. @catlip_nyc,

jess kurland is a Brooklyn-based queer, non-binary, disabled, and white multimedia artist. their pronouns are they/them. they are half of hollowmess with caleb andriella, and ovum is their ongoing work which is entering its fourth year of existence. jess is currently focused on making their work accessible and wearable through clothes and jewelry. @hollowmess_

For more information about specific events, please go to The TALK BACK Convening is free and open to disabled and chronically ill artists + organizers, organizations and allies. Please reserve a spot for our TALK BACK Convening through our website. If you have any questions, email Lexy and moira at With the goal of collective care, we are running our events on Crip Time, so please know that programming may start at a slightly later time than listed, depending on the needs’ and good vibes of our wonderful participants and visitors.

We will serve light, gluten-free refreshments, and non-alcoholic drinks. Please feel free to bring drinks and heavier foods along. There will be a two-hour dinner break on Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to eat throughout the event. Unfortunately, we will not be providing meals. Please see a local listing of eateries here.

Flux Factory gallery and ground floor, gender-neutral bathroom is ADA Accessible. No ID or fee necessary for entry. Free tap water is available as are chairs with backs.

The closest subway stations with street level elevators is Queens Plaza (E, M, R trains), and 21st Street Queensbridge (F Train). MTA Elevator and Escalator Status. TALK BACK will include audio guides and large-print of written work. There is a quiet space within the gallery with low-level lighting, earplugs, chairs, cushions, eye masks, and reading material. Service animals are welcome. Please arrive fragrance free and with quiet phones. Thank you!

Please feel free to contact curators Lexy Ho-Tai or moira williams at about access needs and questions. If you require ASL interpretation or real-time captioning, please reach out by May 24, 2019, if possible. Thank you!

TALK BACK is made possible through in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, Enjoy Life, Stimtastic, Disability/Arts/NY, a generous donation from Joe Cardillo, and supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Create NYC Disability Forward Fund


June 2, 2019
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-5
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