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What do celebrated American short story writer André Dubus, award-winning journalist John Hockenberry and French Impressionist painter Claude Monet all have in common? The work of these famous people with disabilities, along with the work of many other emerging writers and artists, has been featured in the pages of Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts.
Kaleidoscope has been exploring the creative spirit since first published by United Disability Services in 1979. Since then, the magazine has polished those first photocopied pages into an award-winning literature and fine arts magazine with contributors and subscribers from around the world.
Kaleidoscope is recognized as a leader in the field of disability studies for its exploration of the experience of disability through literature and the fine arts. It presents works that challenge stereotypical perceptions by offering balanced, realistic portrayals of people with disabilities. Each issue features a variety of thematically related material, which expresses the experiences of a disability from the perspective of individuals, families, healthcare professionals and society as a whole.
The staff of Kaleidoscope works in collaboration with a variety of art and literary organizations, including VSA arts in Washington, D.C., to bring to readers innovative and thought-provoking material based solely on merit – not disability. Previously published material includes works by well-known authors such as Reynolds Price (“A Whole New Life”) and John Bayley (“Elegy for Iris”), as well as a myriad of emerging talent. For many contributors to the magazine, Kaleidoscope may be a first introduction to publishing or, for some, the opportunity to have a voice that has largely been unheard. For guidelines on submitting your work, click here.
State and Private Funding
The Ohio Arts Council helps to fund Kaleidoscope with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also rely on loyal reader subscriptions and single copy sales. To get the latest issue, complete the online subscription form now.
For more information, contact us online or call 330.762.9755.
“Kaleidoscope has served as an incredible vehicle to help open the eyes and hearts of the world to the sensitivity and talent of, until recent years, a large group of often invisible and unheard people.”
–Laurence A. Becker, Ph.D., Creative Learning Environments
“Within the arts community, Kaleidoscope is a well-respected leader in documenting the skills and talents of writers and visual artists with disabilities.”
–Stephanie Moore, Director of Artist Services, VSA arts, Washington, D.C.