2019 Boot Camp: Disability Equity and Justice in NYC’s Cultural Landscape
In March 2019, Disability/Arts/NYC (DANT) and Gibney will offer a 5-day Boot Camp on disability arts and equity in NYC. The goal of the program is to broaden and deepen a network of artists, activists, and cultural workers, equipping them with the strategies and tools necessary to sustain disability inclusion in NYC's cultural landscape.

The program will feature a roster of artists, academics, policy makers, activists, and those with expertise in many facets of the arts. The Boot Camp's sessions and workshops will cover a range of topics, including: Disability Studies 101; private and public funding of disability arts; interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and disability solidarity; approaches to cultural policy and legislation; reports from various disciplines; and more.

The 5-day boot camp will be held on Fridays and Saturdays in March 2019: 3/15, 3/16, 3/22, 3/23, 3/29, 3/30. We are planning for each session to run from 1-7pm and will confirm exact times soon.

Some sessions will take place at Gibney's 280 Broadway location. Other sessions to be confirmed will take place at cultural institutions in the city.

All boot camp sessions will take place in wheelchair-accessible venues. We will provide ASL interpretation and CART (captioning). We strive to offer access to gender-neutral bathrooms and we will remind all speakers and participants to refrain from wearing scented products.. Please use the access field in the application below to let us know of other features you may need.

The boot camp will serve 30 participants. Applications are open to people who live or work in New York City. We seek artists, cultural workers, policy-shapers, activists, and more. We are especially interested in receiving applications from independent disabled artists and cultural workers and disability arts activists. The program is designed for individuals who will use their backgrounds and expertise to design and sustain city-wide disability arts initiatives.

Please complete the following application by February 1st. If you need this application in another format, email hello@disabilityarts.nyc or call 551-427-7907.

We look forward to learning more about you!


Disability/Arts/NYC (DANT) is an arts activist organization building a movement for disability arts to thrive in New York City. Through cultural policy development, cohort-based trainings, and public programming, we work to dismantle discriminatory practices and policies faced by disabled artists, while simultaneously supporting an evolving community of emerging and experienced artistic talent.

Gibney, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Gibney taps into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation.

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SCHEDULING: We will meet for 5 sessions in March. Exact times for each date are to be confirmed once we finalize the venues we will use, but we will generally meet on 1-7pm. The times below are approximate. Please select any of the following dates when you are UNAVAILABLE to participate. *
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We seek a diverse set of participants. The following information will be reviewed only by the Boot Camp organizers during the selection process. Do you identify as a disabled person? *
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We strive to create the most inclusive spaces as possible for our Boot Camp. Our meeting spaces and bathrooms will be wheelchair accessible and we will provide ASL interpretation and CART (captioning). We will update selected participants about the access features of the particular spaces when we have confirmed the locations. What accessibility features do you need for full participation in the Boot Camp? *
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