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March 9 - August 15, 2019

Venue
Millbrae Library

Location
Millbrae, CA

Self-portrait by Vincent Jackson, 2019, oil pastel on paper, 20 x 16 inches

We are thrilled to announce 13 CE artists are included in the new Changemakers exhibition that will tour public libraries around the Bay Area.

Long-time CE artist Vincent Jackson was selected as one of the 2019 Changemakers and completed a self-portrait for the exhibition.

Many CE artists were commissioned to create a portrait of the Changemakers, including Laron Bickerstaff, Eric Boysaw, Daniel Green, Donald Gruniesen, Joseph "JD" Green, Camille Holvoet, Andrew Lee, Ade Lewis, Paul Pulizzano, Gerald Wiggins, Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen, and Yukari Sakura.

The Bay Area has always nurtured a diverse and broad disability community. From the growth of the Independent Living Movement to the Section 504 occupation of the Federal Building in 1977, local people were Changemakers in the work for disability civil rights and access.

Discover some of those people in this exhibition of portraits and find out what newer generations of local disability Changemakers are doing now.

Bay Area residents were called upon to nominate individuals with disabilities who have made a personal impact in the community. This exhibition features portraits of all 50 Changemakers (see below for the full list).

Explore their work, diversity, creativity and images, and find out how people with disabilities are making the world better for all of us. Read more about the project, nominees, and see the artwork on the Changemakers website.

The exhibit was funded by an LSTA Grant that San Mateo County Libraries, along with San Francisco and San Jose Public Libraries, were awarded to provide more inclusive programs and services to folks with disabilities. San Francisco Public Library is graciously curating the exhibit in partnership with curator Fran Osborne.

The portraits for each individual were commissioned from or created by an artist living with disabilities. Participating programs include Artful Steps, ArtReach, Creativity Explored, NIAD, and the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center. A Braille book accompanies this exhibit, describing each person and piece of artwork included.

More information about locations and dates of the touring exhibition to come.



Half Moon Bay Public Library
March 9 - April 4

620 Correas Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 941019

Belmont Library
April 6 - May 2

1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 pm
With a performance by The Advocates

San Carlos Library
May 5 - June 6

610 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA 940170

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm
With a suicide prevention training at 2:00 pm entitled Question, Persuade, and Refer, hosted in collaboration with Mental Health Awareness Month

Foster City Library
June 8 - July 11

1000 East Hillside Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 pm
With a performance by Comedian and Author Nina G.

Millbrae Library
July 13 - August 15

1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 13 at 12:00 pm



Changemakers 2019

Marybeth Baluyot
Patty Berne
Dennis Billups - Portrait by Eric Boysaw
Nicole Bohn - Portrait by Gerald Wiggins
Owen Bragg
Mary Lou Breslin
Nikki Brown-Booker
Allie Cannington
Lawrence Carter-Long
Colin Eldred Cohen
Max Conserva - Portrait by Andrew Lee
Stephanie Faso
Anne Finger
Samual Franco
Nina G.
Whitley Gilbert
Haben Girma - Portrait by Ade Lewis
Elizabeth Grigsby - Portrait by Daniel Green
Jeff Harrington
Nicole Harris
Gabriela Hofmeyer
Ralf Hotchkiss
Antoine Hunter
La Mesha Irizarry
Michael Andrew Iseri
Vincent Jackson - Self-portrait
Shana Jimenez - Portrait by Donald Gruniesen
Andrienne Lauby
Jessica Lehman
Bonnie Lewkowicz
Alex Locust - Portrait by Joseph "JD" Green
Neil Marcus
Kathy Martinez
Joshua Miele
Stacey Milbern
Mia Mingus
Leroy Moore
Jonathan Murphy
Karen Nakamura
Corbett O'Toole
Bruce Oka
Francis Refan Phiri
Drago Rentaria - Portrait by Camille Holvoet
Maia Scott
Judith Smith
Melody and Russ Stein - Portraits by Laron Bickerstaff
James Sullivan
Sergeant Michael Sullivan
Hoby Wedler
DeMian Williams and AccessUSD - Portrait by Paul Pulizzano
Rebecca Williford
Alice Wong - Portrait by Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen
Stanley Yarnell
Tiffany Yu - Portrait by Yukari Sakura

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