5. Success Stories and Positive change

Arts Unbound

I run a career development program for artists with disabilities at the non-profit organization Arts Unbound in Orange, New Jersey. Our program is free and open to anyone living with a developmental disability, physical disability or mental illness. We assist artists with putting together their portfolio, photographing their work, writing an artist statement, building a web site, applying for exhibitions, and marketing their work. In addition, the artists are welcome to attend monthly artist meet-ups where they can network and share their art with other artists with disabilities. We have also launched a Community Supported Art (CSA) program where artist receive a stipend to create work for shareholders. Our goal is to prepare each artist with the tools and knowledge they need to develop their artistic careers/business. We would love to hear from artists with disabilities about how we might further assist artists!

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