Art Community Activist
Damon McLeese works at the intersection of creativity and disability, challenging societal assumptions about who can make art. He has taught photography to blind people and dance to deaf people. Damon loves challenging the assumptions people have about those with disabilities—in fact, he thinks the word “disability” is inaccurate, contending that we all have challenges to overcome in life. As the Executive Director of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, he assists artists with disabilities as they create their own works and take part in the commissioned works the gallery makes for businesses. He received the 2014 Mayor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts.