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Simi Linton

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Simi Linton
Born(1947-07-29)July 29, 1947
New York City, New York, United States
Alma materNew York University
Columbia University
Known forDisability Studies
Invitation to Dance

Simi Linton is an American arts consultant, author, filmmaker, and activist. Her work focuses on Disability Arts, disability studies, and ways that disability rights and disability justice perspectives can be brought to bear on the arts.[1]


Linton was on the faculty at Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1985 to 1998, was co-director of the University Seminar in Disability Studies at Columbia University from 2003 to 2007, and was the Hofstra University Presidential Visiting Scholar in 2006.[2] She received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction in 2015,[3][4] and an honorary Doctor of Arts from Middlebury College in 2016.[5]

In 1998, she founded Disability/Arts Consultancy.[6] Since then, Linton has worked with organizations such as United States Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art,[7] Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts,[8] Gibney Dance,[9] The Public Theatre, Dance/NYC,[10][11] the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and other cultural, activist and academic institutions.

In 2014, Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch produced and directed the documentary film Invitation to Dance.[12] The film was based, in part, on Linton's memoir My Body Politic and her long history of activism. The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2014,[13] where it was nominated for a Social Justice Award by the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Linton was appointed to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission (2015)[14] and the She Built NYC Committee (2018)[15] by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.


  • Linton, Simi (2006). My Body Politic, University of Michigan Press ISBN 978-0-472-11539-6
  • Linton, Simi (1988). Claiming Disability, New York University Press ISBN 978-0-8147-5134-3


  1. ^ "Disability/Arts/NYC Recommendations for CreateNYC" (PDF). createnyc.cityofnewyork.us. Create NYC - City Of New York. July 6, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  2. ^ "The Year in Review 2006". news.hofstra.edu. News Hofstra University, New York. September 14, 2006. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Citation for Simi Linton". barnard.edu. Barnard College Columbia University. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Boatman, Mark (June 4, 2015). "Simi Linton Awarded Medal of Distinction from Barnard". newmobility.com. New Mobility. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Middlebury Celebrates Commencement 2016". middlebury.edu. Middlebury. May 29, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Disability/Arts Founder Simi Linton to Deliver 2016 Rudin Lecture". mmm.edu. Marymount Manhattan. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  7. ^ "An Etiology of Omission: Disability In and Out of Protest Art". whitney.org. Whitney Museum. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Executive Staff". inclusioninthearts.org. Inclusion in the Arts. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "DANT: The Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force — Gibney". gibneydance.org. Gibney Dance. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Disability. Dance. Artistry". dance.nyc. Dance NYC Programs. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Disability Arts NYC Convening". dance.nyc. Dance NYC News. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Manning, Shaun (April 10, 2013). "Simi Linton announces 'Invitation to Dance' documentary". blog.press.umich.edu. University of Michigan Press Blog. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  13. ^ Palladino, D. J. (January 29, 2014). "Invitation to Dance". independent.com. Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Mayor Bill de Blasio Appoints New Members to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission". City of New York. October 27, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "De Blasio Administration Announces Panel To Commission Artwork Honoring Women And Women's History". City of New York. June 20, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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