The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

“At the Table” Speaker Series | Creating an Art Exhibition through Shared Experiences of Food: Artists with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and University Students


September 14, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Acts of Love and Community: Sharing Experiences with Food and Art, opening October 24.

Presented by Carissa DiCindio, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture Education, and Yumi Shirai, Director of ArtWorks and Assistant Professor of Sonoran Center on Disabilities, this talk focuses on how community museum spaces can promote multi-group interactions and creative projects focused on care and connection. As an example, the presenters share the process and outcome of developing the collaborative exhibition Acts of Love and Community: Sharing Experiences with Food and Art.

Dr. Carissa DiCindio is Assistant Professor, Art and Visual Culture Education, at the University of Arizona. Prior to this position, she was the Curator of Education at the Georgia Museum of Art. She has been in the field of museum education for over 17 years. Her research focuses on peer learning in museums and working with university museum audiences. Her work relies heavily on collaborative relationships with community partners and art museum educators that connect to research, experiential learning opportunities for students, and service that benefits the community and the field.  

Dr. Yumi Shirai is an assistant professor for the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities within the Department of Family & Community Medicine and an affiliate faculty for the Applied Intercultural Arts Research, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona (UA). She holds her MA in Theater/Dance and a PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the UA. Her research and outreach program focuses on promoting the quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout their life-span. Specifically, her interests are applying asset-based, life-span development, and social cognitive frameworks by integrating creativity and expressive arts in community based outreach and research projects. Her current projects include Project Together: An expressive art-based bereavement support curriculum for adults with IDD, ArtWorks: An art studio and gallery by artists with IDD, I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with IDD through Prevention and Training project; and Creativity-Pathways to Belonging: An affiliated project of the Creative Arts Interest Network of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities where she serves as the chair.

This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom, and those who register will be emailed a link to join. The online “waiting room” opens at 4:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at  5:00 PM (AZ local time). Participants can submit questions via the chat feature. This program will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook.