Exhibition and Event Dates

The Changemakers Exhibition will be in the Skylight Gallery, 6th floor, San Francisco Public Library from Saturday January 11 to Sunday March 15, 2020.

The address is 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Hours are: Sun 12.00–6.00pm, M 9.00–6.00pm, T, W and Th 9.00–8.00pm, F 12.00–6.00pm, Sat 10.00–6.00pm

We’ve lined up some wonderful art and community events and hope that you will join us in celebrating the art and people that make up the Disability Changemakers project. More details of the Opening Reception and other programs are below with links for access, requests and information.

An Asian American man with wire-rimmed glasses has a broad smile that is almost a laugh. His hair is blue and the same color as his striped shirt.
Bruce Oka by Harrison Walkowiak, 2019.

1. Opening Reception: Bay Area Disability Pride

Thursday January 16, 4:00–6:30pm, Latino/Hispanic Community Room and Skylight Gallery.

Hosted by our favorite stuttering stand-up comedian, writer and disability advocate Nina G., this event features San Francisco disability activist and social entrepreneur Tiffany Yu and ASL teacher and Deaf event organizer Francis Refan Phiri. The celebration will close with a dance presentation by students of Access SFUSD and a drag performance by one of their alumni, DeMian Williams performing as Serena Jackson. 

Enjoy button-making and a visit with Canine Companions for Independence before moving to the Skylight Gallery on the 6th Floor, from 5:15 – 6:30 PM, to view the exhibition of Changemaker portraits and have refreshments with Melody and Russ Stein, Deaf entrepreneurs, activists, co-founders and owners of Mozzeria, a pizzeria in San Francisco’s Mission District. 

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

2. Art: Interdisciplinary Exploration

Friday, January 17, 1.00–4.00pm, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

Facilitated by Maia Scott.

Participants will explore creative processes including writing, art and movement as tools for nurturing the stories which arise from their bodies and lives.

Maia Scott is a blind artist, teacher and labyrinth facilitator. She will lead participants in the meditative practice of walking the labyrinth to release habits of judgment and free up creative space and then engage participants in various art making activities. This is a general art workshop for the public and for artists with disabilities.

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

3. Superfest Disability Film Festival Showcase

Thursday, March 5, 5.30–7.30pm, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

A selection of award-winning documentary films from the 2019 Superfest Disability Film Festival will be shown. 

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. One of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible and relevant to filmgoers with all kinds of disabilities and their allies, Superfest celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens.

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

4. Alex Locust in conversation with Changemakers of the future

Wednesday March 11, 6.00–7.30pm, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

Alex Locust is known as The Glamputee and a disability justice activist, through his popular workshops on disability awareness and micro-aggression. He is on the Advisory Council member for the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and works as a certified counselor for the AIDS Foundation. He will be in conversation with local disability community members about their lives and work.

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

5. Dance and Movement Workshop

Saturday March 14, 10.00am–12.00noon, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

A family-friendly dance workshop for deaf and hearing people of all ages. Choreographer and dance star Antoine Hunter, a powerful disability advocate at home and internationally, founded the Urban Jazz Dance Group in Oakland and the Annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival. Everyone is welcome – from beginner level students to fluent ASL signers.

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

6. Deaf Dance Performance by Antoine Hunter and dancers of the Urban Jazz Dance Company

Saturday March 14, 1.00–2.30pm, Koret Auditorium.

Urban Jazz Dance Company is a convergence of artistic forces where raw energy, rooted in freedom, is expressed through the athletic body and passionate dance.  The company’s mission is to show the world that no matter who you are, your dreams are possible. 

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.