Reveca Torres earned her associate degree from Harper College in 2002, and went on to earn a degree in theatre arts from the University of Arizona in 2004. This is a path made difficult by her paralysis, caused by a car accident at 13 years of age. In 2009, Reveca Torres founded Backbones, a non-profit providing support for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Listen in as Reveca Torres and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Brian Shelton discuss accessibility, her artistic work, and accomplishments on Harper Talks.
Fashion, the Need for Opportunities and Adapting for Inclusivity with Reveca Torres | Episode #19
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Do you have the BackBones to listen to this podcast? We recently had the honor of speaking to Reveca Torres, founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, BackBones. Reveca was injured and paralyzed in a car accident at the age of 13. After completing degrees in fashion design and theater arts, Reveca simultaneously worked as a costume designer and with various organizations doing disability work in the realms of health and fitness, transitioning, recreation, education, and peer support. She started a nonprofit called BACKBONES in 2009 after realizing that years of interaction and friendship with others living with spinal injuries (SCI) had made a significant impact on her self-image, confidence, and drive to succeed. Reveca wanted to ensure that others, especially those newly injured, had access to resources, information, and the same type of peer support she has had. She is the director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago and has curated touring photography and art exhibitions that showcase the work of people with disabilities and bring awareness to disability rights. Reveca uses painting, illustration, photography, film, movement, and other media as forms of expression and tools for advocacy and social justice.
Paralyzed in a car accident at age 13, Reveca thought her dreams of a career in art and fashion were over, but rolling in the footsteps of Mexican legend Frida Kahlo, Reveca has forged a career in the arts and is a pivotal figure in the disability rights movement in Chicago. She is the co-Director of ReelAbilities Film Festival, founder of Backbones and uses painting, illustration, photography, film, movement, and other media as a tool for advocacy and social justice.
Hector chats with Reveca Torres, co-founder and director of BACKBONES, a non-profit organization which works to connect people with spinal cord injuries or disease with each other and the world through events and sharing experiences. For information on upcoming events, follow BACKBONES on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @BACKBONESonline, or visit BACKBONESonline.com.-----------------------------------------Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2IRbpTq-----------------------------------------Find Hector Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hectorluisalamo Twitter: https://twitter.com/hectorluisalamo YouTube: https://bit.ly/2Wcn8yF Clips Channel: https://bit.ly/37VRESV