Cultural Work, Visual Art, and Disability Justice

Originally aired on: April 24, 2022

On April 24, 2022, AWN hosted a conversation with Ashanti Fortson and Micah Bazant on the topic of cultural work, visual art, and disability justice.

Join us in conversation with Ashanti and Micah as we explore the world of visual art and cultural work as it intersects with disability justice.

Moderator: Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN Director of Policy, Advocacy, and External Affairs

Corrected transcript coming soon.


Ashanti Fortson

Ashanti Fortson is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and professor with a deep interest in difficult emotions, quiet moments, and the rifts and connections between human beings. Their work explores transience and reflection through a tenderhearted lens, and depicting the vastness and variety of human experience is one of their foundational principles. Ashanti lives in Baltimore with their spouse, their cat Miss Cheese, and at least three pet rats at all times.

Micah Bazant

Micah Bazant (they) is a visual artist and cultural strategist who works with liberation movements to reimagine the world. For over a decade they have created collaborative art inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and the gender binary. They are a settler on Ohlone land (so-called Berkeley, CA) and love growing food, reading speculative fiction, and admiring caterpillars. Learn more about their work at and @micahbazant on instagram.