Impossible Enterprise: CETA, Ron Whyte, and The National Task Force for Disability and the Arts.

Our friends at the NYU Center for Disability Studies will present a conversation on disability and the arts with Patrick McKelvey, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh, and Robert McRuer, Professor of English, The George Washington University.

This talk considers the changing role of performance labor in light of the disability rights and liberation movements of the 1970s. McKelvey focuses on the infrastructural activism of queer and disabled playwright Ron Whyte and examines how Whyte drew upon competing policy and activist paradigms to secure public service employment through the New York Artists Project (1978-1980), the largest of numerous federally-subsidized arts jobs programs funded through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, or CETA (1973).  McKelvey demonstrates how Whyte used the material support he received through CETA to launch the National Task Force for Disability and the Arts and create a radical blueprint of infrastructural imagination focused on supporting disabled artists.


Organized by the NYU Center for Disability Studies and co-sponsored by Tamiment Library, Grey Art Gallery, Proclaiming Disability Arts, and the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation at NYU.

Accessibility Accommodations
This is a Zoom webinar. CART and ASL are provided. (Please note: if you require captioning and ASL simultaneously, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer, and not a tablet or smartphone.) For other accommodations, please indicate on your RSVP form.

Starts 3/25/22 4:00 pm
Ends 3/25/22 5:30 pm
Participants Patrick McKelvey, Robert McRuer
Location Online - Zoom (Eastern Standard Time)
Cost Free of charge


Program Types: Talk Webinar