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Access as Art and Practice in Creative Projects

Jun 5, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
934 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR
General Accessibility Sign Language Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms

In this artist talk and workshop, Ariel Baska, multiply disabled horror filmmaker and disability advocate, shares their experiences using accessibility tools as a uniquely creative layer. They are joined by Cheryl Green, of the Social Audio Description Collective, to talk through how captions and audio description can intertwine aesthetically with the work. By working in this way, artists can provide access that is both integral to the art and opens up new artistic worlds to audiences they have never reached before.

Ariel Baska is a multi-award-winning, multiply Disabled queer horror and documentary filmmaker, who believes in advocacy and accessibility for historically underserved communities. Their work has played on Alaska Airlines, and at film festivals from Berlin to Mexico City to Mumbai. They have presented with Lincoln Center, SXSW (South by Southwest) and the Berlinale on various topics in disability and accessibility in the film and television industry. They are the creator and festival director of ACCESS:HORROR, a film festival and industry summit celebrating the history, future and impact of disability and horror. Their work in progress, Monstrous Me, is a horror memoir and documentary feature about finding themselves as a disfigured child in the face of Freddy Krueger. The project won a grant from Virginia Humanities, and the Crip Script Pitch competition at ReelAbilities Film Festival. Regardless of what story they’re telling or what work they’re doing, they care passionately about the margins.

Cheryl Green is a creative captioner, audio describer, podcaster, and filmmaker. She brings her lived experience with invisible disabilities and chronic illness to all of her work, centering disability culture and access as art. She’s a 2017 AIR New Voices Scholar, 2020 DOC NYC Documentary New Leader, 2023 Rockwood Leadership Institute Documentary Leaders Fellow, Member at New Day Films, and a member of the Social Audio Description Collective. Cheryl has proudly served on the jury for Superfest Disability Film Festival, and she co-facilitates workshops for artists, filmmakers, and museums on arts accessibility. Find her documentary and short fiction films and her podcast, Pigeonhole, at WhoAmIToStopIt.com.

Accessibility Information:

  • This workshop will take place in a wheelchair accessible classroom. There is an accessible single-user restroom on the same floor.
  • Automated real time captioning and American Sign Language interpreting will be provided. Audio description is available with advance request.
  • Assistive listening devices (FM systems) with loops and headphones will be available.
  • Masks are encouraged. For any other access requests or questions please contact us at access@pam.org or leave a message at 503-276-4284.