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***Please Note: We have made the decision to postpone our Lecture and Performance with Gaelynn Lea. We want to be sure we are keeping our patrons and artists safe and felt uneasy asking Gaelynn to travel to Omaha for the event. We hope to reschedule soon and will be in touch when we do. Our team at the KANEKO will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will be communicating on social media and our website about upcoming events and our gallery hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope to see you at the KANEKO soon!
The ABCs of Disability: Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers, and Shaping Culture: Join KANEKO in welcoming NPR Tiny Desk winner, public speaker, and disability advocate, Gaelynn Lea, for a lecture about accessibility and a performance of her music.
Gaelynn will be presenting on The ABCs of Disability: Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers, and Shaping Culture. She will share her personal experience of living, loving, and working as a disabled artist, and discuss the barriers that still face artists with disabilities, highlighting activism efforts that can help further the goal of equality in the arts and beyond. Learn why disability education is so important and how the concept of Disability as Diversity can help transform our culture. Gaelynn believes that disability can change the societal narrative about what constitutes a successful or meaningful life – shifting the focus from obsessing about progress to embracing enrichment. This lecture will be followed by Gaelynn performing her music.
About Gaelynn Lea:
Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she’s been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 8 countries – she’s graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center and House of Blues Chicago. Although she most often headlines her own shows, Gaelynn Lea has also opened for several well-known bands such as Wilco, The Decemberists and the industrial rock supergroup Pigface.
Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 25 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies with her Memory Man pedal to create a “symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective”. (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground) Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence – dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. Gaelynn Lea’s “music is imbued with a melancholic poetry so potent it must be heard to be believed.” (Boston Globe)
In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. So far she’s been able to share her perspective on PBS NewsHour, BBC World News, The Moth Radio Hour, and through two widely-viewed TEDx Talks. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy that she plans to release in 2022.
Don't mind our mess! While the city of Omaha is revitalizing Jones Street on the north side of our building, we're still open! Our sidewalks are clear, and you can enter our building through our main entrance on the east side of our building on 11th & Jones. There is an accessible drop-off point on the west side of our building on 12th & Jones.
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