LETS MAKE GLOBAL ART HISTORY Share Tweet 9 shares The Sitt Nyein Aye Art's & Cultural Center
Named for renowned Burmese Artist/Activist U Sitt Nyein Aye, this complex is actually a lumberyard set on two commercially zoned blocks (1 acre), with approximately 30,000 sqft of covered space, 2 story building, warehouses, blab, blab, blab. The story of how we managed to score this primo piece of property is a story in itself for it was a hazardous journey.
Now we own it all, lock, stock and tomahawk but we face another daunting challenge, to bring the existing compound up to speed with regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (CRPD), The International Disabilities Alliance (IDA) & The American's With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Being that I am disabled as well as many of my friends I know the struggles a disabled person must endure during the course of just one day, both physical and the emotional aspects of our condition. I don't simply want to comply with disabilities mandates, I want to embrace these mandates.
Lessons learned by the devastating Oakland Artist Collective Fire a few months back exposed the critical need to address public safety from a variety of vantage points. What about the disabled people who would not be as ambulatory in escaping a fire? How would they escape & how would they survive?
Adding to our concerns is the fact we want to build an International Childrens Art Museum within this complex. How can we make this facility safe for everyone who enters this compound, especially kids? Toss in the myriad of shops, galleries and the visitors they will being to our complex and it is all to clear, Public Safety & Disabilities MUST be addressed from the very beginning NOT as an after thouught.
After watching as our community races to comply with Disabilities mandates after the fact, spending millions to renovate and cobble ramps and doorways, we want to do things different and that is why I am here, to petition the global art community for assistance.
I mentioned 5 million dollars as the sum we would need to bring this arts center into compliance in the very begining and believe me, this is a conservative estimate since fire mitigation is also nessessary. So I am petitioning for the assistance from the international commerical sector as well as the citizens & artisans of the world in the evolution of thes arts complex.
Along with funding it would be way cool to have engineers, archetects and inovators in the field of Disabilities to assist in the construction of this arts complex. This could be a veritible showcase of inovation and design that could revolutionize how we address the growing number of disabled clientele globally speaking.
Being that I am disabled I can safely say that it would be nice to be able to visit places that are accessable to the disabled regardless of handicap. To have freedom of movement and share in the beauty of art rather than wondering if your wheelchair will fit in the door. When I was wheelchair bound I hated crashing into people because there was no room on the walkpath for me to pass.
Who would benifit from this Project? The Global Art Community & the disabled would by having another international arts and cultural destination. But for the disabled artists & entrepreneur this would be a blessing. To address the needs for the disabled from the very begining would also open up opportunity for the disabled to get innvolved with this arts & cultural project from the very onset. Maybe have their own store or gallery.
The lumberyard is raw, ready for development and is prime for inovations in the world of disabilities. This must be addressed before we can move forward. Addressing disabilities in the design & construction of this complex will save millions if we addrsss this in the begining. With the help of the global public and experienced professionals in the World of Disabilities this could be more than a real cool art & cultural center.
The Sitt Nyein Aye Arts & Cultural Center would be an international showcase or blueprint of how we can address the needs of disabled human beings in the future. Now that would make history in anyones book.
My mentor and dear friend the late Robert Perske championed the cause of the disabled and he continues to be my inspiration. If only he was here to see what I've gotten myself into now.