Ikouii Founder, Joins Board of Directors at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture in Canada

The Ikouii Creative announces the appointment of Founder, Aleatha Lindsay as a member of the Board of Directors at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture. Lindsay who was nominated and voted onto the board unanimously, will serve at Kickstart on a two-year term.

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is an international disability arts organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The organization has been a fixture in the disability and arts sector since 1998. Their mission is “to produce and present works by artists with disabilities and to promote artistic excellence among artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines.”

Aleatha states “I am excited to join this dynamic and diverse group of trailblazers who share a common passion and belief that access and exposure to the arts and culture is a fundamental right of all people.” She continues “Through my involvement, I want to challenge the public to contribute to creating the world characterized by inclusivity that we all want. Everyone can participate in this effort by simply donating to organizations like Kickstart, expanding their private collections, attending events, and volunteering their time. There are always opportunities for individuals who are passionate about inclusive arts enrichment to make an impact.

Aleatha Lindsay who founded The Ikouii Creative in 2016, has been an integral part of the Atlanta arts and disability communities for over 15 years. Lindsay is an Atlanta based award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, independent curator, disability advocate, and published author. She is a graduate of Georgia State University, Russell Sage College, as well as Savannah College of Art & Design where she holds a Master of Arts in Creative Business Leadership.

After completing her studies, she went on to pursue posts in the mental health, arts community development, and special education arenas. She has held curatorial and leadership roles at several arts organizations in the metro Atlanta area including Kudzu Art Zone, Art Center and Gallery. Lindsay not only now acts as a member of the Board of Directors at Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture (Vancouver, Canada), she is also a representative on the Disability Advisory Board in Gwinnett County (Georgia, USA).

Deaf from the age of 2, she credits her early exposure to the arts with helping her overcome the challenges related to her disability. Her work has been purchased by collectors nationally and exhibited in Atlanta, New York, Spain, Morocco, and Norway. Lindsay is the Founder and Curator of The Ikouii Creative, a disability-led organization committed to providing opportunities and support for artists with disabilities as well as transforming cultural institutions into meaningful spaces for all. The Ikouii Creative serves artists worldwide, in countries including the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Israel, and India.

ABOUT KICKSTART DISABILITY ARTS & CULTURE: Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is an Arts Nonprofit formed in 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada. Our mission is to produce and present works by artists with disabilities and to promote artistic excellence among artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines. The objectives at Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture are: To encourage and support artists to create and present authentic interpretations of the disability experience; to provide opportunities for the development and advancement of artists with disabilities; and to promote practices that will make the arts more accessible to all members of the Canadian public.

ABOUT THE IKOUII CREATIVE: The Ikouii Creative is a disability-led organization committed to providing opportunities and support for artists with disabilities as well as transforming cultural institutions into an engaging and meaningful space for all. The Ikouii Creative serves artists worldwide, in countries including the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Israel, and India. The organization offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to amplify its impact in the arts sector.

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