Miami — For members of the LGBTQ+ community with disabilities, their disability identity is as much a part of their identity as being a part of our community. They, perhaps more than anyone else, want to be heard and invited into a welcoming space, both physically and attitudinally.
To address this need, Miami Beach Pride has been approved for a National Endowment of the Arts Challenge America award to to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ disabled arts practitioners across disciplines to elevate their artistry individually and collectively on Miami Beach Pride’s new Beyond Limits community stage as part of its inaugural Calming Pavilion in Lummus Park, Miami Beach from April 9 through 10, 2022.
For LGBTQ+ constituents who experience the world through a diversity of cognitive, hearing, visual and mobility challenges the Calming Pavilion and Beyond Limits community stage will address a need to provide a safe sensory space to promote and advocate the rights to live an open and happy life as an individual regardless of sexual orientation, and as an individual with a disability.
We are delighted that this project is among 168 projects across America totaling $1,680,000 that were selected to receive fiscal year 2022 funding in the Challenge America grant category.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Miami Beach Pride that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “Miami Beach Pride is among the organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”
Miami Beach Pride's programming dates for 2022 are April 1-10 with the Parade and Festival weekend happening on April 9-10. For more information, please visit miamibeachpride.com
For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news. For more information on Miami Beach Pride accessibility and programming visit https://www.miamibeachpride.com/