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Creative Accessibility: Chronic Illness and Creativity

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Creative Freedom
 June 25, 2022
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Creative Accessibility: Chronic Illness and Creativity with Diane Driedger

Created in partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network of Manitoba

Diane Driedger will discuss how people with chronic illnesses are in the very fabric of our societies. She will provide a historical overview of visual artists with chronic illness, such as Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Kahlo who adapted the way they worked to create their art. She will discuss how Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin wrote books from their beds in the 1800s when “invalids” had a role in society. Diane will share experiences of adapting her environment to continue creating after she acquired chronic illness. In addition, she will suggest how arts organizations can create access for artists and audience members with chronic illnesses.

Creative Accessibility is a series of workshops that will explore disability art, the experiences of artists with disabilities and how to make art accessible. These workshops will be beneficial not only for emerging artists with disabilities, but artists at all levels of their career with and without disabilities.


Other Workshops in this Series:

June 4: Accessibility for Deaf Artists

June 11: Invisible Challenges

June 18: Creative Freedom

June 23: Exploring Creative Access


Diane Driedger is Chair of the Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. She is a poet, writer and visual artist. Her latest book is an edited collection, Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader (Inanna, 2021). Diane has been involved in the disability rights movement for many years at provincial, national and international levels. She is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program at the University of Manitoba.

Image Description: This is a photograph of Diane Driedger. Diane is a white woman in her 50s. She has long wavy blond hair, blue eyes and is smiling slightly at the camera. Diane is wearing a dark blue sweater.


Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba is a regional not-for-profit artist run charitable organization dedicated to the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.

Creative Freedom
 June 25, 2022
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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