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Grand Rapids prepares for major new arts festival

DisArt festival

A major art show opens in Grand Rapids on Friday.

The DisArt festivalfeatures the work of roughly 50 disabled artists, film makers and others. 

“What the whole festival is doing is flipping our expectations of disability on its head,” says festival director Christopher Smit. 

The two-week festival showcases the work of local artists and others from around the world.

Much like Grand Rapids’ better known art festival, ArtPrize, DisArt is spread over about a dozen venues.

Smit says organizers made sure the different venues can accommodate the needs of a wide variety of people with disabilities.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.