Whether you’re playing music, painting, writing poetry, or dancing, there are plenty of ways that people with aphasia lean into their creativity to restore speech or express their world. We want to celebrate your work and creativity at the Night of Aphasia Arts (NAA), a free online gala.

Our free online gala on November 2, 2022, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm ET, will feature recorded performances (musical, theater, dance, or poetry) and give you a sneak peek into our password-protected art space where you can see visual art, photography, or written poetry — all created by people with aphasia.

On November 3, 2022, the online gallery will open to the public, and you will be able to re-watch performance videos. But we know you’ll want to attend the night before to get early access.

We want you to submit a piece (or two) for our event. Keep reading to learn all of the details.

RSVP for the Link

Please RSVP for the event. You will be sent the Zoom link and a few reminders for the event. You only need to RSVP once to receive the Zoom link. We hope you can join us for a fun and meaningful evening. You can submit your art even if you cannot attend the event. (Keep reading below about submissions.)

Dress Up

When we say gala, we mean gala! You can opt for couch casual or make it a special evening by dressing up. It’s a webinar, not a Zoom discussion, so you won’t be on camera, but we still want to see you in your finest. We have a solution: Snap a picture at the beginning of the event (we’ll remind you to send these along) so we can feature you in our event recap.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner)

While white-gloved waiters may not be serving you at our online gala, we encourage you to make something special to eat while you watch. Don’t worry, you’re not on camera, so you can kick back, relax, enjoy the performances, and dine on whatever makes you happy.

We’ll also send you a few cocktail ideas with your Zoom link. Let’s make this festive!

Or Get Together!

We love hearing about support groups and clinics setting up watch parties so people with aphasia can watch together. If you do this, please let us know. We would love to feature your group and celebrate you during the event.

Submit Your Art

We want to see your creativity. Use our simple form to submit your art, either as an individual or group. Performance videos should be about three minutes long, and they must be under five minutes. Written poetry should be submitted as a PDF, and visual art or photography can be submitted as a PNG or JPG file. You may have only one submission per category. You do not need to attend the event to have your art featured.

The categories:

  • Music (group performance or alone – instrumental or singing)
  • Theater (monologue or short scene)
  • Dance (group performance or alone)
  • Poetry (spoken word performance or submitted in written form)
  • Visual Art (painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design)
  • Photography

If you have trouble uploading your piece, please follow the instructions on the form to hit submit and email your piece directly. Again, please use the form to submit your art by October 14, 2022. All art submitted after October 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET will be held for the next Night of Aphasia Arts event. (Yes, this is just the beginning!)

We are excited to see your art and to share it with our community in November.

If you have questions, please send them to Melissa at art@aphasia.org.