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Convening for Disabled Artists, Organizers and Organizations

May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - June 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC-5

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Three Day Convening
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Friday, May 31, 7 – 10pm
Saturday, June 1, 12-6pm + 8-11pm
Sunday, June 2, 12-5pm + 7-9pm

RSVP (Not Required but Requested)

Join us for our 3-day TALK BACK Convening from May 31 – June 2. Disabled artists, organizers, activists and allies from around the country and Canada will be speaking, performing, leading workshops and discussions.

We will be doing our best to livestream the event on our Facebook Page. Please follow if you cannot attend the Convening in person! 

7 – 10pm: Opening Reception

Interdependent Bodies: TRANSFEMINIST COCKTAIL PARTY by moira williams, a performance by Lizzy De Vita, and E.T. Russian’s animation short “HELLO.” Artist Talk by Aislinn Thomas

12 – 6pm: Dreaming Disability Social Justice

Presentation and workshop with Dustin P. Gibson, performance by Anna Gichan, artist talks by Andy Slater and Juliet Johnson, and Sharona Franklin presents her work “Ashkasic Scroll”

8 – 11pm: Disability Nightlife Closing Dance Party with DJ  WHO GIRL (Kevin Gotkin)
With Yo-Yo Lin and surprise guests!

12 – 5pm: Crip Care Work
Tangled Art + Disability’s Sean Lee, Kristina McMullin, Cyn Rozenboom discuss the state of disability arts in Ontario and Toronto, performance by Paula Stuttman, and “A Day in the Life of Parkinson’s”, a short play written by Joel Shatzky and Illana Abramovitch.

7- 9:30pm: Crip Ecologies of Emergent Pain co-organized by Ezra Benus
“Pain is Precious” a conversation about pain with Ezra Benus, poetry readings by Jimena Lucero and Cyree Jarelle Johnson, and music performance “GUT” by Catlip + jess kurland**

**Note: Catlip + jess kurland’s performance will have loud music and flashing lights. We will have foam earplugs available for use.**

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


May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm UTC-5
June 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC-5


Flux Factory
39-31 29th St, Long Island City NY


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