Accessible Events - August 2012

 

Voter education offered

Minnesota’s primary election is Aug. 14. The Secretary of State Voter Education and Outreach staff and Disability Law Center are eager to connect with groups with disabilities that are interested in free voter education workshops and training—which can be catered specifically to the groups’ request. Information is also available at www.mnvotes.org. FFI: Pamela Hoopes, Minnesota Disability Law Center, 612-746-3711, phoopes@mylegalaid.org; Claire Wilson, Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State, 651-201-1339, claire.wilson@state.mn.us

 

Get engaged

Residents of Senate Districts 40 and 41 can prepare to vote at a free Disability Matters Summer Engagement event with Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD), hosted by The Arc Greater Twin Cities.

The event is 5-7 p.m. Wed, Aug. 15 at Kordiak County Park Pavilion, 1845 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Register to vote, find a polling place and learn to discuss disability issues with the candidates. This is one of eight similar events. Pre-registration encouraged. Refreshments served. FFI: Dena Felper, 952-915-3665 or denafelper@thearcgtc.org , www.arcgreatertwincities.org

Other events sites in the MnCCD series are 5-7 p.m. Tue, Aug, 14 at Courage Center St Croix, 1460 Curve Crest Blvd. W., Stillwater; 5-7 p.m. Tue, Aug. 28 at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis; 5-7 p.m. Thu, Aug. 30 at Highland Park, 1200 Montreal Ave., Saint Paul; 1-3 p.m. Wed, Sept. 12, Opportunity Partners Koch Campus, 5500 Opportunity Ct, Minnetonka and 6-8 p.m. Thu, Sept. 13 at Courage Center Burnsville, 12400 Portland Ave. S, Burnsville. FFI: www.mnccd.org

 

Author to read, discuss writing

Twin Cities author Julie Schumacher will read from her books and discuss writing 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave. W. St. Paul. The reading is part of a monthly Open Flow Forum of artists with and without disabilities.

Schumacher teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Her include: The Body Is Water, The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, Black Box, The Book of One Hundred Truths, The Chain Letter, Grass Angel, as well as short stories and essays. Her website is www.julieschumacher.com/

Open Flow Forum is a monthly “First Thursdays” oppor- tunity for artists with and without disabilities to bring samples of their visual art, poetry, music, memoir, photography or other art form to share and discuss in an informal, supportive, fragrance-free setting. It is an outgrowth of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance (AWDA) and is supported by VSA Minnesota. The Community Room is directly through the main entry on the north side of the building. Parking is recommended on Charles Street, one block north of University, or on other side streets.

FFI: Pamela Veeder (prveeder@yahoo.com), Mike Price (ser pentine3243@yahoo.com), Dan Reiva (dprw@yahoo.com), or Jon Skaalen VSA Minnesota: jon@vsamn.org, 612-332-3888 or 651-336-8206.

 

Co-host is needed for show

Fresh off of its win in this year’s national Home Town Film Festival Awards, Disability Viewpoints needs a new face. Applicants are being sought to co-host with veteran co-host Mark Hughes.

The co-host position is a volunteer position for approximately two to three hours per month. Individuals would be willing to make at least a one-year commitment. Candidates for the post must be articulate and comfortable in front of the camera. Previous on-camera experience is helpful. An individual with a disability or have a connection to people with disabilities is preferred. The individual or individuals chosen for the position will be able to provide information about technology for people with disabilities, the arts and people with disabilities, or current issues for young people with disabilities. Work as part of a team with director, co-hosts, producer and other volunteers. Submit a resume and cover letter by Aug. 30 to Tim Domke at CTV, North Suburban Communications Commission, 2670 Arthur Street, Roseville or Tdomke@CTVnorthsuburbs.org Interviews and auditions will be conducted in September. Please include at least one idea for a show topic in the cover letter.

Questions about Disability Viewpoints can be sent to Joerbes@charter.net