Art & Culture

Disability Arts Organizations


Disabled Artists

  • Wes Holloway: In these visual explorations and conversations, the social and policy topics that have come up revolve around equity in healthcare, presentation of disability, LGBTQ+ cultural preservation/celebration, community living, and access to spaces/services.
  • William Johnson, printmaker: an African-American printmaker who experienced mental illness and was institutionalized for the last 23 years of his life. His artwork is archived at the Smithsonian.
  • Alice Sheppard, dancer and award-winning choreographer: “My life changed when, in 2004, I saw disabled dancer Homer Avila take the stage. That performance and a conversation in which he dared me to take a dance class led me from my world as a Medieval Studies professor to a life of dance.”
  • Jess Thom: a Tourette’s hero changing the narrative for disabled people: Jess Thom is a British theatre-maker and comedian who lives with Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements, words and sounds.
  • Nolan Ryan Trowe: I’m an American author. My work has focused on stories around disability. I suffered a spinal cord injury at the L-1 level and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia on June 21, 2016.
  • Jen White-Johnson: My work explores the erasure of black disabled children in digital and literary media. The visuals I make using photo and design are my own reflections that amplify conversations with the Disability community. It ignites the continued need to develop anti-racist, anti-ableist media.


Anthony Tusler’s YouTube channel on songs related to disability. Also, Let it Roll’s podcast with Tusler on disability songs.


#CripRitual: A virtual, multi-sited, participatory exhibition of artworks exploring themes of disability culture and ritual

The Art of Disability Culture: Each of the 20 artists featured has one or more disabilities, whether visible or invisible, and the exhibition centers upon their creativity, vulnerability, and unique perspectives. The exhibition celebrates how disability culture can strengthen our communities through the practices of interdependence, accessibility, and inclusion.

Tangled Art + Disability: An organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities to contribute to the cultural fabric of our society by showcasing and promoting artists with disabilities from visual, performing, media arts, film and integrated art forms; engaging and inspiring young people with disabilities to explore and embrace their own creative talent; fostering partnerships and collaborations that enhance opportunities for artists with disabilities to practice and share their work with a wider public; providing accessible professional development and networking opportunities; and building an inclusive arts and culture sector so that everyone can appreciate the abundance of art our society has to offer.