Opening to Accessibility
It opened my mind in ways I didn't expect. Which is always the case when exposed to other points of view with any degree of receptivity.
The main question that stayed with me was : "who am I excluding?". This is accessibility 101, but I had never applied it to my art and creative life. I loved the call to action: to see access as a creative challenge, to incorporate layers of varied accessibility into the creation and performance of works of art. Not as an obligation weighing it down, but as a source of inspiration.
Even just the very fact of working with Carmen at all is a commentary on creative accessibility. My work is 100% visual and Carmen is a non-visual learner. To have my work and my presence valued and esteemed by someone who can't see it opened me up to the other, overlooked (pun intended) aspects of my work: listening, presence, and engagement, among other things. I love how attuned and inclusive Carmen is to varied points of access, even those that don't obviously or directly benefit him. In my mind he is a wonderful role model in a new age of open access and inclusiveness.
Access isn't just about a-typical bodies, it's also about public space, sharing and the right of everyone to be as they are and be creative, be supported, and be included.
Art belongs to everyone.