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Sunshade: A Meeting Place for Disabled Artists

Enabling Growth, Empowerment, and Advocacy for Disabled Artists

Join us over Zoom on the third Monday of every month to share resources, build community, and discuss the role of disability in the classroom. Only one registration is required.


We will also be hosting in-person meeting throughout the year in the Milwaukee Area and be attending performances and other art events throughout the year.
Virtual Meetings and Topics:


January: Regroup and Recharge (no formal meeting) 
February 20th: First Meeting - Expectations & Requests for the Future
March 20th: Access as Love, Care Practices within the Disability Community
April 17th: Guest Panel Discussion: Advocacy in the Arts
May 15th: Disability History
June 19th: Art Jam
July 17th: Disability in Shakespeare
August 21st: TBA
September 18th: TBA
October 16th: TBA
November 20th: TBA 
December 18th:  Celebration!

This group is open to teaching artists, artists of any discipline, stage managers/crew, art admin, and anyone else who works in the arts and who identifies with a disability*.  
*Our definition of disability is very broad and we welcome anyone with any sort of disability (mental, cognitive, physical, neurodevelopmental, acquired, sensory, and more). This also includes anyone who is in the process of receiving a diagnosis, self-diagnosed, or questioning how they relate to the label of disabled. 


LGBTQ+ individuals, BIPOC, and other artists of marginalized identities are welcome. Racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of bigotry will not be tolerated.

If you have questions or are interested in taking on a leadership role in the group, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Accessibility Information: 
We provide live captioning, audio descriptions throughout the meeting, and visual agendas. ASL interpretation and other access needs can be provided upon request.  Please email for any access needs.  

About Us

Sunshade is a group by and for disabled artists. Founded in 2020 by three Pink Umbrella Theater Company teaching artists, the goals of Sunshade are: 

  • To allow our members to enrich ourselves professionally and personally through the practice of mutual support and care

  • To share knowledge and resources among disabled artists to help us succeed in the art world despite systemic barriers

  • To ensure more disabled artists enter and remain in the field. Lack of support is cited as a key reason these talented artists do not enter or remain in the field.  

  • To build strong community, professional networks, and a culture of empowerment among disabled artists

Meet The Founders

Upcoming Meetings

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