Dyslexic Dictionary is a provocation — an invitation to explore and redefine. Nine dyslexic artists have been commissioned to produce a creative response to a book, word, poem, quote, article or even a single letter that highlights how their minds experience language.
The exhibition illuminates the dyslexic experience of language in powerfully graphical terms. Dyslexia pushes artists to interpret the world differently. The end result celebrates a vibrant diversity of dyslexic talent across mediums and backgrounds in an effort to lead a paradigm shift in the way society understands learning differences.
We chose the term “dictionary” as a placeholder for a collection of reimaginations and reinterpretations of the dyslexic experience that will explode the very notion of a dictionary.
The mission is to present dyslexia as a visionary, positive force — a hyper-ability that does not create but instead solves problems.
More than just an exhibition, Dyslexic Dictionary is a forum to showcase dyslexic ingenuity, host public conversation and gather community.
Artist at Large
San Francisco, CA
Founder & Creative Director, Gershoni Creative & Dyslexic Design Thinking
San Francisco, CA
Artist & Designer
Mill Valley, CA
Sculptural Womenswear Designer
Governor of California & Children's Book Author
Ghana, Netherlands, UK, United States
Dyslexic Ingenuity: A panel on creativity, art and business
Join us for a panel discussion exploring how organizations can leverage the power of the dyslexic mindset to reinvent collaboration and reignite the creative process. Panelists include Twitter logo designer Martin Grasser, Haute Living San Francisco editor-in-chief Teresa Rodriguez and Dyslexic Dictionary executive producer Gil Gershoni. Arion Press curator-in-residence Tamsin Smith will moderate the discussion.
Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required to attend.
Guided Tours for Students
Are you interested in bringing your students to Dyslexic Dictionary?
Dyslexic Dictionary executive producer Gil Gershoni and Arion Press curator-in-residence Tamsin Smith are available to lead students on a guided tour of the exhibit.
Tours include age-appropriate activities that encourage up-close examination of the works on display, as well as broader discussions about the gift of dyslexia and the value of neurodiversity. Students will be invited to contribute their own dictionary words to the exhibition through a hands-on art-making activity.
Tour reservations can be made now through Dec. 22. To request a tour, please email email@example.com.
Dyslexic Dictionary Opening Party
Join us for a marquee evening of art, live music and wine with appearances from featured artists Adam Eli Feibelman and Martin Grasser, and opening remarks from Dyslexic Dictionary executive producer Gil Gershoni and Arion Press curator-in-residence Tamsin Smith.
Dyslexic Dictionary Team
Founder & Creative Director
Gershoni Creative & Dyslexic Design Thinking
Program & Development Director
Development & Program Director
Global Community Outreach
Dyslexic Dictionary invites students from around the world to participate in creating a society where diversity is embraced and individuality is celebrated.
Become a part of this change by submitting your original art to the Dyslexic Dictionary exhibit.
On 9-inch by 6-inch postcards, students will submit their own Dyslexic Dictionary word and corresponding artwork (e.g., drawing, painting, writing) to reflect their creative interpretation of their dyslexia.
To become a Dyslexic Dictionary Global Ambassador or submit your own artwork, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions for Printing the Postcard at Home
1. Download the postcard template.
2. Print out the template on card stock or paper.
3. Describe and illustrate your dyslexia.
4. Send it back to us!
Attn: Gil Gershoni/Dyslexic Dictionary
3145 Geary Blvd, PO Box 510
San Francisco, CA 94118
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