[Colorado-Talk] Fwd: Event Invitation: Concert in the Dark with Diane Schuur

Jj Aragon jjaragon102 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 16 15:08:55 UTC 2023

Hi all! 
I have a couple of questions about this issue, would love to see some discussion. 
1. Has anyone reached out to Penn Street? She works with AINC and is the vice president of our NoCo chapter. Perhaps she could liaise between the two and help us express our worries? 
2. I'm actually curious about the history of blind fold/simulation events. I remember that Arielle Silverman did a lot of research about them a few years back, and God knows I remember the How I See It campaign, but I'm not aware of any other work surrounding it. Could someone bring me, and probably others with the same questions, up to speed? 
I hope everyone is doing well! 

JJ Aragon - Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Greeley

> On Apr 3, 2023, at 7:07 PM, Dan Burke via Colorado-Talk <colorado-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all –
> I got this email about AIN Colorado's concert in the dark last week
> because I follow AINC on Face Book. Asking people to wear blindfolds
> to watch performers is not okay. Nobody would wear black face in 2023.
> Nobody would get in a wheelchair in 2023 and roll around for a day to
> see how the “crips” live (pejorative intended). Disability simulations
> are not at all cool anymore. But apparently it’s still chic in 2023 to
> tell people to wear a blindfold for   an hour or two so they can
> better experience a concert or, a dinner in the dark. Bad enough that
> AIN Colorado is doing this, but more importantly, Rocky Mountain PBS
> and KUVO Jazz are lending their names to this embarrassment.
> Well, I got this and I clicked the “Not interested” button. I invite
> you to do the same if you got this on FB or in your email.
> The thing is, though, if people do this at an evening concert, half of
> them are going right to sleep! Diane Schuur definitely deserves better
> than a theater full of snoring sighted people!
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Facebook Events <notification at facebookmail.com>
> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 11:14:02 -0700
> Subject: Event Invitation: Concert in the Dark with Diane Schuur
> To: Dan Burke <burke.dall at gmail.com>
> [image: Image]
> Ainc Colorado invited you to Concert in the Dark with Diane Schuur
> Let Ainc know if you can make it.
> Tell her you're going
> [image: Image]
> Concert in the Dark with Diane Schuur
> Get ready for a unique and immersive musical experience! AINC, Rocky
> Mountain PBS and KUVO Radio are proud to present Concert in the Dark
> with Diane Schuur.
> Experience the thrill of being blindfolded during a live performance
> by Multi-Grammy-Winning artist, Diane Schuur, and supporting act Heart
> N' Soul. The absence of visual stimuli allows you to fully focus on
> the music and appreciate the intricate details of each piece. What
> makes this event even more special is that all of the supporting
> artists are blind themselves!
> This event supports the Audio Information Network of Colorado, a
> nonprofit that serves Coloradans who are blind or print-impaired. So,
> not only will you enjoy a memorable musical experience, but you will
> also be supporting a great cause.
> ...
> [image: Image]
> Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 5 PM
> [image: Image]
> Rocky Mountain PBS Masterpiece Theater: 2101 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
> [image: Image]
> See invite list
> Going
> Maybe
> Not going
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> Dan Burke
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