It was lovely to spend time together on June 1st, 2023 at the festive Breaking Barriers: A Celebration of Disability Community. The Breaking Barriers’ program featured disabled artists, musicians and actors, special guest speaker Darya Farivar, an exclusive raffle, hearty hors d’oeuvres, local wine and beer and rock star DRW advocates. Dynamic duo Mickey Rowe and Helen Marion-Rowe once again brought their high-octane energy to emcee the soiree!

We appreciate you joining us for an energizing evening of community building and live performances spotlighting stand-up comedy with D-List comedian Michael Bellevue, legendary hip-hop with King Khazm, a sneak preview of the production of Cost of Living by Sound Theatre Company, award-winning poetry by Jeannine Gailey, and uplifting musical performances by Nick Baker.

collage of photos from Breaking Barriers 2023 with the DRW logo in the center

Livestream of Breaking Barriers 2023

collage of photos from breaking barriers 2023

We had a full house and were able to connect and reconnect with community members, advocates, artists, donors, foundations and lay-leadership. Personally, it was exciting to see so many DRW people under one roof, the first in-person gathering with staff, board, committees and councils in years.

collage of photos from breaking barriers 2023

A heartfelt thanks to all of you for co-creating a unique experience that centered the talents and voices of disabled artists and advocates and celebrated disability community in Seattle and beyond. We look forward to building on the momentum!

collage of photos from breaking barriers 2023

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