Topic: 1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Reflection#2 Career Preparedness

Question: What ideas do you have to increase the career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts? Access to $ is germane and yet there are so many other ways, activities that can take place (and needs development in our everyday workplace) that does not require or should not depend on $ as the sole penultimate requirement to help any citizen from accessing survival needs; 'learning,' development, ...more »

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Topic: 2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Leadership Development Fellowships + Host Organization Training

Replicate a fellowship program for arts leaders with disabilities. There is a great program at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (the Urban Arts Leadership Program) that focuses on empowering the leadership of young people of color in the arts. "The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. ***Equally important***, UALP offers ...more »

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Topic: 2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

In Academia and Community: Movement classes

Movement classes in the preforming arts need integration for people with disabilities, i.e. dancing in a wheelchair, technical theater, directing, acting, singing, etc. This requires accreditation of specific classes (in academia) and a change in administrative mindsets, i.e. yes, students with disabilities CAN preform and do so along with their non-disabled classmates. There are hundreds of examples of preforming groups ...more »

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Topic: 4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

The Role of the Government in Creative Arts Careers

The government via the checks received by many persons with disabilities must recognize that if a person with disabilities chooses a career in the arts that career will often involve an erratic, free lance income that can fluctuate wildly. Often I have seen my friends and students terrified that financial success might jeopardize their ongoing income. The government should applaud rather than punish the efforts of a person ...more »

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Topic: 1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Make it Yourself!

When Mark Medoff wrote "Children of a Lesser God," he insisted that ANY production of this play must include deaf actors in deaf roles. If you create good professional material (dance, plays, films) you can have some control over its production. What is lacking in the story-rich, talented disabled community is confidence and opportunity. Teachers of play-writing such as myself can form or demand creating writing classes ...more »

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

Disability Identification Cards

ROUGH DRAFT:I live with disabilities that are not able to be seen by others. Please take a moment to think about what that would feel like for you to experience. My disabilities are not invisible to my service dog, yet they are to other humyns.. The invisibility of my illnesses causes many problems for me in my daily life. Ironically, it would be so easy to remedy this struggle for all of us with invisible disabilities. ...more »

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Topic: 1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Special Needs Trust to protect public benefits while Taking Part

Would a Special Needs (Pooled) Trust be one way to protect public benefits a disabled person gets when they want to participate in a program? This is in answer to the problem with disabled artists losing benefits they rely on if they generate income or have assets over a certain limit. Money/Income produced from sale of art by an artist might be used to fund the Trust. I'm imaging this solution as more applicable in ...more »

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Topic: 2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Separate is not Equal

As a wheelchair user and one of America's first professional wheelchair dancers, I can't stress enough the importance of equality in training. Every dance department in colleges and universities across America must come to the realization that they are non compliant if they do not provide equal training in the same environment for wheelchair dancers and stand up dancers. They can no longer use the excuse that they don't ...more »

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Topic: 2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Performing Arts Studio West

PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO WEST (PASW) is a state-funded, one of a kind non-profit affiliated professional training facility for adults with developmental disabilities. Curriculum includes acting, music, dance, theater and new media production, recording, studio engineering, digital illustration, animation, and more. PASW also provides talent management services and on-set coaching for actors with disabilities appearing ...more »

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Topic: 5. Success Stories and Positive change

My Story

My name is Diana Elizabeth Jordan I am an actor/storyteller and speaker. I have cerebral palsy that mildly affects my speech and gait. I known since I was a young girl that I wanted to be an actor and I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that I have had. There have been many challenges but the rewards always out weigh them. I have worked in film theater and television. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting and ...more »

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Topic: 4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

Repurpose State Supported Living Centers into Arts Districts

Imagine Art has this crazy idea to partner with the state of Texas and repurpose our existing state supported living centers as Arts Districts. In Austin we have a growing problem of affordability and artist live-work spaces. We also have major gaps in provider services for long-term care options for people with disabilities. The state owns 13 properties (most of which are 100 acres) and they direct $663 million in ...more »

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Art as a REAL Career?

When we decided to be artists our parents said, "Really?... are you sure you don't want to be an accountant?" They were afraid we would never survive financially! The state VR agencies have "parent-like" power over career choices for people with disabilities. Because people need specialized supports to get jobs, be trained on jobs and keep jobs, the state VR is able to dictate what is appropriate career directions. ...more »

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