Art Speaks of the Abilities of Persons with #Disabilities

Photo Credit: UN Photo: Amanda Voisard


UN Photo: Movement Installation Marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities
As part of a series of events marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), Heidi Latsky Dance, a New York-based modern dance company, stages in the Visitors Lobby of UN Headquarters a movement installation of 20-30 performers who together form a living gallery. The installation featured different and unexpected bodies in white clothing (signifying all the colours of the rainbow and a metaphor for inclusion), moving as reverent sculptures in the space.

In the despair of terror attacks in Paris and California, we may have almost missed the immense hope and humanity displayed through art in observing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As much as ever, we all need that which unites us, gives courage to all and broadens the reach of tolerance (as persons with disabilities are some of most not addressed in inclusive manner.) Perhaps the message of how we can go beyond the perceived and expectations is the best response to the lows man is capable in dealing with fellow human, animals, and shared earth.

“Inclusion Matters”

On December 3, 2015, UNESCO (based in Paris) had planned a series of events, including exhibitions, films and performances.   (See: UNESCO – International Day of Persons with Disabilities –  “Inclusion matters: Access & Empowerment for people of all Abilities.)   It was unfortunately overshadowed by the political response to the terror attacks. However, the trauma that had engulfed Paris perhaps could have been at least in part lifted by the persons of disabilities among us who wake every day to new trials and travails, the most defining one still being our failure to see these fellow global citizens as being part of “we”  – the skills, the will to contribute, and the leadership are a resource we all can benefit from.

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Art Exhibit Marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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