We believe that inclusion in the arts and cultural sector for persons with disabilities is vital for prosperous and secure societies as it ensures the reflection of an open and diverse society in our cultural output, contributing to understanding, cooperation and tolerance. 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 are currently working with Sri Lankan choreographer and dancer Mahesh Umagiliya (country rep for VisAbility e.V.) on a disability arts project. This project is run jointly by Visibility for delivery and Universities of Essex and Coventry for research on the impact and follows an earlier 3-year study by the respective institutions in this area. The project aims to 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.
20+ trainers will be trained who will then go back to their communities and cascade their learning. This is phase 2 of a project which commenced earlier in 2019 where the project worked with 67 mixed abled participants in Vavunathivu and Paddipalai (Batticaloa District) and Puttur East (Jaffna District) where the public performance an audience of 500 – 600 across the 3 districts.