Project 1 by ArtPrize: Disability and the Art of Drag

ArtPrize is putting a twist on the annual event. Instead of holding the art competition every year, the event will now be happening every two years.

Don't worry though, there will be an event held in the off years to fill in the time showcasing a handful of artists putting their own spin on art, called Project 1.

Project 1 kicks off on September 7 and one of the performances planned for opening night is The Disability Drag Show.

Chris Smit and Jill Vyn of DisArt stopped by to talk about the event.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Tanglefoot,  located at 314 Straight Ave South West. 

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Many of those who are conflicted about their gender want me to accept that their body is a curse rather than a blessing, even though it is likely a healthy and whole body. I cannot do that, for two reasons. One is that I believe a healthy and whole body is a gift from God that cannot be rejected. The other is what it would say to those who get about this world and even support themselves with a TRULY broken body. Imagine sitting a Down Syndrome girl or a boy paralyzed from the waist down next to a “transgender” person and then telling the child that the other person’s body is a curse! They’d be like, “Yeah, right!” How could anyone do that? This event then takes that one step further by having the handicapped person THEMSELVES essentially proclaim that someone else’s healthy and whole body is a curse. Unconscionable.

  • Zayne

    Some people seriously need to chill. LGBTQ people are everywhere. Drag is mainstream now. Drag is also an entertainment art. These adults are just all looking for a space to celebrate their individuality and show the world how unique and amazing they are as artists and entertainers, regardless of what setbacks their lives or disabilities may have brought them. Every argument I have seen in the past couple of days since this was announced online is rooted in either homophobia, or the idea that “people with down syndrome cant possibly be capable of making decisions on their own”. It’s disgusting. This is an event to celebrate and support them, not mock them. Even my nephew (with downs) is super excited to go see people like him. He already calls them celebrities. If you don’t like it, don’t come. But at least educate yourself on what Drag Syndrome is before complaining about it.

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