Oct 18

Convocation: Gaelynn Lea

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Violinist Gaelynn Lea shares her personal experience of living, learning, loving, and working as a touring artist with a disability.

Friday, October 18th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
  • Convocation: Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea Convocation
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea is a violinist and songwriter from northern Minnesota whose life and music were forever changed in 2016 after winning NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.  Since then, she has performed in 42 states and 7 countries, from coffee shops and festivals to renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues, and even BBC World News.  Lea is also a disability rights advocate and public speaker.  She was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs.  Prior to her music career, Lea had planned to pursue a career as a lawyer and disability rights advocate.  In recent years, Lea has used her music and her story as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.  Lea addresses the barriers that still face people with disabilities and highlights activism efforts that can help further the goal of equality for all.  She is passionate in discussing why disability education, coupled with inclusion in the arts are so important, and how the concept of Disability Pride can help transform our culture.  In sharing her personal story, Lea reveals how her disability has led her to discover two important breakthroughs that have helped her to live a more authentic, empowered life, and how these insights apply to every human being.  The title of her presentation is “The ABC’s of Disability:  Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers, and Shaping Culture.”

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