Allie Cannington

Allie Cannington is a Queer, multiply disabled community advocate, educator and youth development specialist, who centers disabled youth who are Queer and Trans, low/no income, and of color. 

Nominator: “Allie is on the cutting edge of intersectionality and queer identity.” 

ALLIE: “Disproportionately, disability is within communities of color, and … we are not acting in ways that are anti-racist. And we, myself included, have a responsibility to ensure that disabled leaders of color are given credit, as they have always been a part of this movement; they’ve always been leading it. Nothing about us without us: … we need to say that about other parts of our disability community, which includes race, gender, sexuality, documentation status, immigrant status, class. The list goes on and on.”

White ink on a black background. A complex layer of energetic black lines on the left, which connect to a serene face on its side to the right.
Allie Cannington by Curtis Simmons, styrofoam print, 9 x 12 inches, 2019

IMAGE: White ink on a black background. A complex layer of energetic black lines on the left, which connect to a serene face on its side to the right.

Curtis Simmons from Artful Steps has a unique style, and often focuses on drawing, but has also completed beautiful recycled art pieces and monoprints.