florida's pioneer of innovative arts and culture

VSA ARTS OF FLORIDA in conjunction with
Miami Dade College Cultural Affairs Department


di(verse)ability - disability & diversity in the arts

Friday, June 29, 2007

Admission is free for the general public but pre-registration is recommended by calling Tigertail at 305 324 4337. Advance registration includes a free pass for parking directly at ETCOTA Auditorium building (quantities limited).
Registration at the door on the day of the event on a first-come first-served basis.

9:00 am
Registration and orientation
Drumming from Tokounou

9:30 am
Welcome and introduction

9:45 am
From Denial to Acceptance
Keynote speech by John Killacky

10:30 am
Panel & Discussion:
Reframing Difference and Disability

With Sidiki Conde, Jennylin Duany, Terry Galloway, Karen Peterson amd Marian Winters. Moderated by John Killacky.

12 noon
Speak-Out: Struggles and Blessings from Our Multiple Identities
An opportunity for artists from multiple backgrounds, including living and creating with disabilities, to speak-out and be heard on their challenges, successes and diverse identities. Participating artists to be announced.

1:00 pm
Reception at the MDC Centre Art Gallery, Room 1365, Building 1, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, with complimentary drinks and light lunch fare


Sidiki Conde, his legs paralyzed since his early teens, overcame the prejudices of his native Guinea and trained in traditional music and dance. He is the award-winning founder of Tokounou, a mixed-ability West African dance and drumming ensemble.

Jennylin Duany is the Residency and Education Coordinator at the Cultural Affairs Department at Miami Dade College. She is also a performance artist whose newest piece, Cabaret Unkempt, looks at her multiple identities as an Afro-Latina woman of "size."

Terry Galloway is a hearing impaired writer, performer and theater director based in Tallahassee, Florida. Her plays and performance pieces, including Out All Night, Lost My Shoes and Heart of a Dog, have been produced around the world.

John Killacky is a nationally recognized advocate for disability issues in the arts, and is a filmmaker as well as the Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the San Francisco Foundation.

Karen Peterson is the founder and director of Karen Peterson and Dancers, a Miami-based mixed-ability company dedicated to the development, education and presentation of dance through workshops and performances.

Marian Winters is the Executive Director of VSA arts of Florida, which provides arts, education and cultural opportunities for and by persons with disabilities.

"True handicaps come only from the mind, the limits we place on ourselves. We can do anything, our community is everywhere."


Friday, June 29
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus
ETCOTA Auditorium
Room 7128, Building 7
500 NE 2nd Avenue
Downtown Miami

Other danceAble Events
Mixed-ability African Dance and Drumming workshop:
Sidiki Conde and Tokounou company members
June 25-27
5:30 to 7 pm
New World – Contact the Florida Dance Association for more information about workshops, performances, special hotel rates for out-of-towners and for all other Festival questions at 305 547 1117, by email at billd@floridadanceassociation.org
or on the web at www.floridadanceassociation.org

Video Screening:
documentaries about Sidiki Conde's work in Africa
June 26, 7:30 pm
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd Street
Downtown Miami
Free admission

Performance by Sidiki Conde & Tokounou,
with Heather Maloney & John Beauregard
Friday, June 29
8:00 pm
Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL
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All facilities wheel chair accessible. Forum will have ASL interpretation. Service animals are welcome. Information available in alternative formats by contacting Tigertail at 305 324 4337.

For telecommunication assistance call Florida Relay Service:
800-955-8770 (Voice)
800-955-5334 (STS)
800-955-8773 (Spanish)
800-955-3771 (ASCII)
800-955-8260 (VCO-Direct)
800-955-8771 (TTY)
800-955-8707 (French Creole)


Click on location for a map & easy directions:

New World School of the Arts and
Miami Dade College ETCOTA Auditorium

Use City of Miami Parking Garage 3
190 NE 3rd Street
$10.25 all day

Colony Theatre
Street and garage parking near theater

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