Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Opening Reception for new exhibition this Saturday

Come join us for the opening reception of Presence is Progress - an exhibition of photographs and a celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act's 20th Anniversary.

Presence is Progress
is a community arts project created by Park McArthur and made possible with a grant from the Town of Chapel Hill's Office of Public Affairs.

"As a group of people whose rights to work, attend school, and participate in civic life were only secured with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, people have been segregated and valued according to mobility for a long time. In addition to legislation that insists on barrier-free infrastructure, it is thanks to improvements in equipment technology and a decrease in the practice of institutionalization that people with disabilities have access to public spaces, in increasingly independent ways. Presence is Progress's mobilizations demonstrate publicly that mobility is not synonymous with walking. Photographs of the mobilizations add to our ideas of what progress looks like."

The opening reception for Presence is Progress will be this Saturday, July 24, 6-8pm. Guest speaker Vicki Smith, Executive Director of Disability Rights North Carolina, will speak at 7pm. A sign language interpreter will be provided.

The exhibition will be on view July 24 - August 7, 2010.

For more information about the project please visit www.presenceisprogress.wordpress.com

*image: Jess Isaiah Levin, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, March 27th, 2010

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