We work to promote inclusion by building the capacity of disabled artists and provide an opportunity for audiences to engage with performances by them. We seek to promote greater understanding enabling social change, cohesion, progress, and enhancing our common understanding and humanity through creativity.
Our Global Arts and Disability programme offers international cultural connections and experiences that are designed to strengthen the resilience of persons with disabilities. We facilitate the creation of disability arts networks and assist in the development of skills for organisations around the world to support artists.
We have provided a grant to VisAbility e.V. where they will use the arts (in this case, dance) to promote inclusive development for people with disabilities by challenging and changing community perceptions through Mixed-Abled Dance Workshops and Disability Rights Workshops. They will also work with Universities of Essex and Coventry for research on the impact. They have also received partnership funding from the Schmitz Foundation.
In phase 1, during 2019, 67 mixed-abled participants in Vavunathivu and Paddipalai (Batticaloa District) and Puttur East (Jaffna District) where trained and public performances engaged with an audience of 500 – 600 across the 3 districts.
In phase 2 which is on-going, 20+ trainers will be trained who will then go back to their communities and cascade their learning.
Choreographer and dancer Mahesh Umagiliya, the country rep for VisAbility e.V. was the Sri Lankan delegate for the UNLIMITED 2019 Arts and Disability Festival at the Southbank Centre, London.