Pop-up Museum Offers Platform for Students with Disabilities

panel discussion with Chris Fleming

Leads Advisor, Chris Fleming heads up accessibility discussion panel.  Photos by Rohan Ketwaroo

In honor of Disabilities Awareness Month, the Accessibility and Inclusion Committee sponsored the first-ever Pop-Up Musem of Disability Culture and History. The installation of inspired artwork created by students with disabilities provided diverse points of view in multiple artistic platforms: paintings, sculpture and handmade dolls. The display opened on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. According to Gabriel Carrion, MA student in Disability Studies, the event was inspired by the Buffalo disAbility Museum. Originally, the plan was to borrow pieces from the upstate museum. But logistical problems led the organizing committee to select art exclusively from the CUNY disability community. Ms. Carrion said “The work in the pop-up museum amazes me. The beauty stands on its own.

Mary Morfe Sculpture (Amber Telfer seated with sculpture)
Monique Charles Painting
Vincent Wise Painting
Sandra-May Flowers Dolls
Ahra Sung Drawing
Jason Ross Oil Painting
Russell Hill Painting & Collage
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Keynote Speaker Amber Telfer Speaks about the Importance of Self-Advocacy

Amber Telfer, master’s student in the Disability Services in Higher Education program traveled from Austin, Texas to share her journey as a student with dyslexia, ADHD, and dysgraphia.

The event drew students from many CUNY campuses, including students from the CCSD organization.

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4 thoughts on “Pop-up Museum Offers Platform for Students with Disabilities”

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  2. Milan Fredricks

    I love the artwork that the students did! Events like this are so important to the CUNY community. We need to continue to support students with disabilities. It makes us all so much stronger when we work together to make CUNY better.

  3. Lisa Sheridan

    Thanks for your comment Milan.

    The artwork was beautiful. The whole concept of the event was terrific. There was also a fascinating display of vintage accessibility devices, to show us how much technology has advanced accessibility. (But they weren’t as photogenic so I didn’t include them in the article!)

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