About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.

LAUNCH EVENT: Disability Arts & Activism Archive

Disability Arts and Activism Launch EventApril 23, 2023, 4:00pm-6:00pm PSTZoom and YouTube Livestream Register to be a part of the zoom room via this link: REGISTER HERE OR simply watch via Youtube Livestream on Kickstart’s YouTube Channel Join the Disability Arts and Activism Launch Event where you get a behind the scenes look into the development of […]

CRIP THE PARADE: Flags, Banners, Signs & Decorating Ourselves to March the Streets

In celebration of BC Access Awareness and in partnership with the ACCESS Festival CRIP THE PARADE:Flags, Banners, Signs & Decorating Ourselves to March the Streets This one hour interactive workshop with be led by fiber artist & Kickstart Artistic Director Jenna Reid. Jenna will lead participants through explorations of how to show up in protest […]

Disability Arts and Culture: Community-Oriented Tour for Access Awareness

In celebration of BC Access Festival, we are delighted to offer two special tours to welcome the disabled community to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Wednesday, June 1 @ 2:00pm – 3:30pmSaturday, June 4 @ 3:30pm – 5:00pm This special Access tour offers an opportunity to explore works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, featured in the […]

Murals Without Walls 2022

Murals Without WallsMeet The Artists (Online Talk) Friday, August 12, 20224:30 PM  6:00 PM (PST) Spend an evening with the artists, and community members behind year two of Murals Without Walls. Murals Without Walls is a collaborative project co-created by multiple organizations to begin to create a more accessible pathway for folks who experience barriers due […]

TAKE ROOT AMONGST THE STARS: A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency

TAKE ROOT AMONGST THE STARS: A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency Lead Faculty: Jenna Reid (Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture) and Dr Syrus Marcus Ware October 10-24, 2022Artscape Gibraltar Point in Tkaronto- on the Toronto Islands (Ontario) APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED An exciting opportunity for Mad, Deaf and Disabled artists developed in partnership with […]

2022 Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant

*2022 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED*Deadline to Submit: June 30th, 2022  Geoff McMurchy (1955–2015), Kickstarts founding Artistic Director, was a pioneer in the local and international disability arts community. Anyone who knew him will tell you that he was an amazing Artist, and a trailblazer in the disability arts and culture community, who influenced a huge number of […]

Grant Writing for Disabled Artists 2022

Facilitated by: Mary Ann Anderson of Little Dog Consulting REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL!*follow the link below to join the waitlist*we cannot guarantee a spot will become available Grant writing can be incredibly daunting! In this 2hr digital workshop our goal is to set you up with knowledge and skills to help you tackle grants in […]

NEW WAVE: Virtual Closing Celebration

NEW WAVE International Day of Persons with Disabilities Virtual Closing Celebration! Friday December 3rd, 20215:30pm – 7:30pm (PST)On ZoomASL & Live Captioning Available Register HERE *Registration Required to receive Zoom link* This event will give us space to come together to watch some incredible performances by disabled artists, honour the artists who exhibited their work […]

New Wave: Disabled Visual Artists Under 30

Sometimes starting as tiny ripples a wave has the capacity to carry us, toss us, crash into us, and engulf us altogether. New Wave is an online exhibit that features the artwork of eight disabled youth artists. Through this online exhibit, the multimedia works of art might start as a tiny ripple, but throughout the […]