Topic Area

Creativity and the Arts

Chair: Annie Moriyasu, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Co-Chair: Dr. Raphael Raphael, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa


The Creativity and the Arts focus for the 2021 Pacific Rim Conference will address issues of creativity, art, artmaking and disability. Topics can include, but are not limited to, artist performance, or visual artmaking, artmaking as a means of building community within the wider culture, educational aspect of the use of art for students with special needs, inclusive art classrooms, the business of art by disabled artists, issues of representation in all the arts including film and television. 

Guiding Questions

  • How does one “crip the arts”? Is it the artist or the subject?
  • How does one build an inclusive art program in the age of Covid-19? In the public school system?
  • Who are the audiences for disabled artists and performers and how does one build that audience?
  • Where are the resources for making inclusive and accessible artmaking a financially viable and sustainable reality?