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Join us for a program supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art's Art Design Chicago program and presented by Bess Williamson, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and historian of design and material culture.

  • Date: 11/30/2023 12:00 PM - 11/30/2023 02:00 PM
  • Location 2233 South Throop Street, Chicago, IL, USA (Map)
  • More Info: Fifth Floor


Bess Williamson, author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design, will discuss the activism and politics that brought us familiar urban forms like accessible restrooms, subway elevators, and bumpy sidewalk curb cuts. From Berkeley, California to Chicago, local activists demanded meaningful change to make the city work for disabled people, and continue to work for equitable and consistent access.

Lunch will be shared after the program. 

RSVP is required. 

The Designing Belonging series is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.