Past Arts and Cultural Events

Disability Culture Movement Workshop

On Friday, March 8th, 2013, the UIC Disability Resource Center hosted artist Petra Kuppers, a disability culture activist, community
performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kuppers introduced the core concepts of disability culture through video and participatory exercises. 26 participants explored access together, paying attention to communication and movement preferences in this practicum workshop. 

Co-sponsored by Bodies of Work and space provided by the UIC Department of Theatre and Music.

Several participants explore movement preferences by tilting their heads down.
Several participants explore movement preferences by tilting their heads down.

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration at Halftime

On Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, the DRC hosted a Wheelchair Basketball demonstration at the UIC Men's Basketball game. The UIC Disability Resource Center with help from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago put on a successful halftime show featuring the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Hornets.  We also displayed a DRC table in the main concourse of the UIC Pavilion where patrons could stop by to learn more about the UIC Disability Resource Center's services and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's adapted sport opportunities.

Wheelchair basketball players waiting to get into the game
Wheelchair basketball players from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Hornets waiting to get into the game.


Noche de Poetas

Thursday, November 8, the Disability Resource Center launched its new Disability Arts and Culture programming with "Noche de Poetas" or an evening of poetry entitled, "Disability Poetics: Bodies, Language and the Word" held at the Latino Cultural Center.  Over 130 people attended this event showcasing local and student poets and featuring award winning poet Lynn Manning, who traveled from L.A. to share his work.  Student poets included Matthew Ramir, Zaineb Abdulla, Lily Diego, Erin Monahan and Sara Saenz.  Local poets included Gary Arnold, Olga Bach, Pennie Brinson, Toyia Daniels, Mike Ervin, and Michael Herzovi. On Friday, November 9th, Lynn Manning also offered an intimate spoken work and storytelling workshop attended by 12 artists.

This event was co-sponsored by Bodies of Work, Campus Housing, Chicago Community Trust, the Department of Disability and Human Development, the Disability Resource Center and the Latino Cultural Center and a joint effort of the aforementioned plus the student organizations Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA), Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP),  Students for the Advancement of Freedom, Equality and Human Rights (SAFEHR), and the Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS).

Lily Diego reciting poetry at Noches de Poetas

UIC student Lily Diego reciting poetry at Noche de Poetas

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