Topic: 3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Gallery Owners: Promote the Art, not the Disability

Forget any reference to a disability. Art shows should just mix-in the art from those with disabilities along-side the rest of the art. At the end of the day, what does it matter that the artist has a disability? It is the Art we are judging. It's the only way to put their work on a "fair" footing with the rest of the artwork. The disabled artists I know don't want their work purchased out of pity; they want it ...more »

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Create Grants Mentor Program; Hold Workshop for Disabled Artists

Consider creating a Grants Mentor Program to help interested disabled artists determine specific artistic goals, resource needs, planned or proposed projects (taking into consideration any needs or limitations due to the disability). Mentors can help identify programs and resources that might help meet those needs based on factors such as discipline and geography. Resources could include grant programs, but also may expand ...more »

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Representation, outlets and exposure

This is not really an idea, but hopefully somebody will get something out of my experience... For the last three years, I have been looking for a talent representative, someone to assist me in finding appropriate engagements, outlets for my talents and skills. I have contacted all of the reputable talent agencies in U.S. (mostly LA and NY) that I can find. Not one of them answered. Here is the part I am a little embarrassed ...more »

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Provide an Online Presence for Shared Artistic Reactions

In the event of the mass shootings of the Orlando Attack, many artists, as is their way, responded to this by creating art that dealt with this topic. Consider working with city, state, or federal agencies to provide an online presence for a "gallery" where artists can post their work for free. Not only visual images, but music and poems. This would be a very agile way of responding to disasters, it would start to ...more »

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Music Therapy and Expression

Music Therapy is so beneficial to anyone dealing with a disability and especially those with any mental health issues. I have seen first hand how empowering it is for people to get their stories out through music and the arts.

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Apologies... Reality check #2.............

What can I say? We live in capitalism, free market. So, have to work with what I got. That said..... Does anyone have any connections to Universal, Sony, or Warner's? I can fulfill the following roles: Lyricist A&R Producer I know, I'll probably hear crickets, but like I said, have to try. Feel free to connect with me for any reason. I'll offer any assistance I can ) MichaelsLyric.com Almost forgot, I am also ...more »

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Seek endorsement and assistance from Known Artists w Disability

For any program, seek and receive assistance and endorsement from widely-known, highly-respected, disabled artists. Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, etc.

 

Edit: Here's another. Eric Clapton! British but hey.

https://reverb.com/news/eric-clapton-reveals-nerve-damage-has-limited-guitar-playing?_aid

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Feature Machines for those who are tied to them

I know some with disabilities, who rely on their wheelchairs and the way they are tied to them, who are frustrated by the machines that enable them. Turn these into an asset. Feature the machine as an actual part of the art, performance art and/or dance. Using machines as part of art is new enough and fresh enough, that I personally feel it would give these artists an edge. Here's an example of drones being used ...more »

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Nonprofit..........

With certain requirements and under certain obligation, individuals with proven disability and/or low income, those should be allowed to claim a status of a nonprofit. This should be easily available, without government or lawyer fees. This way artists will not worry about losing their lifeline, medication and caregiver. Also, artists would be able to get the assistance from many corporations. For example, Godaddy ...more »

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Program Dedicated To Finding Gigs for Musicians With Autism

Jazz Hands For Autism, a new nonprofit organization has taken on this task. Through a twice-a-year concert series, and training/ performance scouting through the Jazz Hands Musician's Academy, Jazz Hands For Autism is committed to providing platforms and seeking avenues where musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum can express and explore their talents; and make a career doing so. More info: www.Jazzhandsforautism.org ...more »

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Look at A Place To Be, Middleburg, VA

Look at the program(s) that A Place To Be in Middleburg, VA has put together. They have put together an amazing project called "The Same Sky Project" that tells the story of 20 or so individuals with varying disabilities and how they have embraced these but the disability has not defiined them. It is such a powerful and inspiring story.

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Direct Funding to Artists w/ Disabilities

Funding is a challenge for all emerging artists, even more so for those w/ disabilities. Having more sources of funding specific artists w/ disabilities will go along way towards helping the careers of professional artists.

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