Social change is about coming together. It's about justice. It's about access. I've seen a lot of these changes myself, with the advent of the ADA, mainstreaming education, and the adoption of person-first language for people with disabilities.

Freedom for people with disabilities means the liberty to enjoy things just like everyone else. 

What is a hero?  A hero can be anyone regardless of ability. A hero is someone who is selfless and has a goal. 


After interviewing some of the artists for the 90-Minute Art Challenge, I worked my way over to the Arts Council of Westerville's table where I was introduced to Linda Wilkins, their President, who said their organization encourages participation in and appreciation of the arts in the Westerville area, and have done so for 23 years. “We welcome everyone!” she said. At their table I made a watercolor postcard with marker and salt to give it what she called a speckled effect. People seemed to enjoy this activity. I know I did.

A First Look Back at Day of Arts for All 2019

This was it! The big day when everyone came together to celebrate artists with disabilities, the 11th annual Day of Arts for All. I was no stranger to the excitement myself, having been on both sides of the event (Both as an artist in 2014 and this year as social media manager.) So, the first thing I wanted to do was check out a new event: The 90-Minute Art Challenge, to see how every artist was adapting to the challenge.


            My advice to emerging artists in the disability community is to keep learning from everyone you can. I've always said that disabilities should be treated as lived experiences, not just medical conditions. I'm always a little amazed when someone asks me if I've ever wished I could walk. My answer is no, but I was born with cerebral palsy. I can only expand my perspective by working with other people. Otherwise, it's just like asking me if I've ever thought about levitating. It's a nice thought, but not practical to my perspective.

Big news, everyone!

When I started working with VSA Ohio in 2011, I entered as an artist in the Accessible Expressions Ohio Exhibit. From there, I was a guest blogger on Arts and Events for VSAO. Now, it’s my honor to be an admin on VSA Ohio social media. I’ll be posting events, keeping everyone updated on the latest in the disability/arts community, and creating some original content.

Registration is NOW OPEN for ACT : Accessible Creativity Transforms Dis/Ability Conference + Festival (ACT) on September 27 and 28, 2018 at the historic Lincoln Theatre and Jazz Arts Group spaces, located at 769 E. Long St. Columbus, Ohio 43203.