The Chair Is Not Me Art Show
Dakota State University
First Bank & Trust Dakota State Art Gallery
Karl E. Mundt Library
January 14 - February 28, 2020
Open Seven Days a Week
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Perfect Hanging Gallery
"The Chair Is Not Me," written by "JJ," James Janis is a collection of twenty-one poems about life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual.
JJ grew up between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota. Born with cerebral palsy, complicated with several other conditions, he was only expected to live 12 hours, but 60 years later he is still here! Writing is one of the things that sets JJ free from his disabilities and allows him to escape.
Eleven of his poems are accompanied by mixed media illustrations by ten artists of diverse abilities and cultures.
The collection seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.
Back by popular demand this unique fashion show is on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7:30 PM, at the Jolly Lane Greenhouse in partnership with Academy of Dance Arts. Doors open and tickets go on sale at 6:30 PM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the historic Jolly Lane bar in the Rose House.
This unique event features a designer with disabilities partnered with a community volunteer to build a one-of-a-kind fashion forward creation. Seats go fast so we recommend coming early to get in line and do a little shopping in the greenhouse prior to the event.