Disabled Artist Space Grant (2019-21)
Kayla Hamilton is an artist and educator who grew up on cattle farms, the hot Texas heat, and big Sunday dinners with her family. Kayla is inspired by trap music, wordplay and notions of sight, and the intersection of race and disability. Kayla earned a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and an MS Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of the skeleton architecture, the future of our world’s. Kayla is in community with MK Abadu, Crystal U. Davis, Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse, the women of skeleton architecture, and dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman-Morales/MBDance. Kayla’s work focuses on collaboration with artists from various disciplines to explore the intersection of race and disability. She has been the recipient of Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant, 2019 New Live Arts Fresh Tracks, and is the 2019-2021 Movement Research Artist in Residence. When Kayla is not dancing, she’s a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu.