Artists Undeterred: boldly exploring disability is a forum for disabled artists who exemplify boldness and determination, and provides an expanded frame of reference for general audiences. It will increase accessibility for witnessing art by, and dialogue with, disabled artists, by attracting a diverse audience, via art exhibitions, performances, and conversations in accessible venues. Inclusion, awareness, and visibility drive the project, and the intention to initiate public dialogue around issues of art/disability/accessibility. We will also inspire and educate local artists with disabilities, and youth. The project will explore the multi-faceted relationship of disability vis-à-vis contemporary art, through the lens of creators and producers who are disabled and whose work addresses disability.

There is now a wave of galvanizing energy surrounding considerations of disability artistry, identity, aesthetics, and practice. New York City’s resources for disabled artists are often Manhattan-based. The proposed project will highlight Staten Island Arts, the Pride Center of SI, Snug Harbor/Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, and the borough, as active, creative stakeholders and advocates in the timely conversation about how artists with disabilities may be supported and their creative work showcased, to the benefit of all. 

Artists Undeterred is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

“Disability is more than the deficit of diagnosis.  It is an aesthetic, a series of intersecting cultures, and a creative force.” From the Manifesto written by Alice Sheppard, disabled dancer/choreographer  (, whose work engages with disability, race, gender, technology and design.  

About the Curators

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August 11 -7PM

@ Pride Center of Staten Island

25 Victory Blvd, 3rd Floor

Artist Commentary,  LeVar Lawrence

Performance by Open Doors Reality Poets


By Appointment Only

Tuesday 10AM - 6PM
Friday 10AM - 3PM
Saturday 11AM -2:30PM

Call Steven Wakeman 718.808.1363
or Email


About the Artists

MANDEM: Maize Arendsee; Kitsuko and Moco Steinman-Arendsee


Laura Cowley


Kathryne Husk


Anthony Tusler

FB: Anthony Tusler


Efrat Vaknin

FB: Efrat Efi Vaknin


Sergio Acevedo


Patti Durr


LeVar Lawrence


Rosary Solimanto

FB: Rosary Solimanto


Ani Schreiber


Anjum Malik

FB: Tehzeeb Malik (student/JAMIA)


Yiqiao Wang


Scott Upton


Ryan Haddad, Actor/Comedian