Institute Launches Virtual Performance Series

August 2020

Punchlight logo is the words punch and light with a theater light between them

Punch Light, a virtual performance project highlighting the work of artists with disabilities, will be launched this week by The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development.

Works by Local Artists with Disabilities

On Wednesday, August 5, the first of four original, minute-long works created by local artists with disabilities and their creative collaborators will be released. Each week, a new work will be made available. Performers include Dawn States, Erin McNulty and Lee Ann Etzold; Michael Mclendon and Bethlehem the Vocussionist; and Shawn Aleong and Tenara Calem. All respond to the theme of resilience - an idea that feels particularly important in 2020.

Cracking Open Preconceived Ideas

A punch light is used to flood an area with high intensity light. The Institute commissioned these works to shine a light on an often-overlooked area. The work of these artists cracks open preconceived ideas about how art is made, who gets to make it and who has access to it. Punch Light content is designed to be accessible, featuring audio description, captioning and ASL interpretation. Typically, these accommodations are hidden in the background, but have been intentionally brought to the foreground as a reminder that access is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

Our artists have donated their time, recording their work in living rooms, backyards and local parks. All pieces were recorded on smartphones or Zoom by the artists or someone in their household.

The performances can be accessed on the Institute's website.

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