1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

What are some of the strategies used by people with disabilities seeking employment or self-employment in the arts? What are the barriers and challenges, and what ideas do you have for how the arts field can help provide career preparation and opportunity? These ideas can include your experiences with accommodations and accessibility, as well as how people with disabilities can work in the arts and have access to healthcare and other benefits.

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"So, you like art. Would you like to clean the museum?"

Generations of supported employment and vocational rehab specialists have been taught to ignore the records, just meet with a person and get an impression of what they like, then using that impression, place them into a position -near- to what they like. But these positions tend to persist in being part of the 5 F's - filing, food, flowers, filth, and folding. The agencies get paid as long as the person is employed, ...more »

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Sell the "Service", not the "Thing"

Develop "Marketable" Art that only requires personalization One of the barriers I see to "marketing" art work as a career is the high overhead of building something from start to finish. Consider buying some inexpensive items, and then "personalizing" them through individual artists, thus making each of the pieces one-of-a-kind. For example. Take an article of clothing. Perhaps a t-shirt, or apron -- or best of ...more »

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Pricing Art

I find when selling Art the problem I ran across is pricing the artwork. At most since my area is art poor in the state of Texas or at least far west. So it comes down to explaining the person the artwork is worth this by showing the cost of the framing and the media used to create it. Most people are insulted saying that they can get for less somewhere else. The second part is exposure. Online sites like Ebay, ...more »

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Collaboration with + Support to Existing Creative Pro Pipelines

There are some grants and awards and funding streams, organizations etc to encourage women in film (WIFV or Geena Davis Institute, the Directors List) and/or minorities in film. Some groups are well established with great educational programs. I'm talking about non-disability film-related organizations with successful history in supporting and promoting individual artists and their work. Funding/Supporting Disability ...more »

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Support for Managers / Agents / Marketing Professionals?

Hi, my topic is a bit different, but I hope it's welcome here. I have cerebral palsy and use a power wheelchair. I am not an artist myself, but I'm interested in working on the business side of the arts field. I particularly enjoy working with musicians and actors, and would love to be a manager or publicist. I have found this to be more challenging than I expected! I've developed some skills and experience working with ...more »

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Grants for People with Disabilities

There are some fantastic grants out there now for parents who want to further their art. I think that it would be really helpful to have something similar for pwd - grants to help carve time to write, or to pay for art supplies/cameras/etc. It's an enormous struggle to get set in a profitable cycle - because to be able to afford the time to complete the work, and to afford the necessary supplies, you have to work. And ...more »

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Meditative Works: Crafts based employment and movement therapy

My name is Sarah Muehlbauer. I am a 32 year old Crohn’s sufferer, writer, performer and artist, who wants to build community programming and career opportunities for the arts and disability cross-section. I come at this from both a healing background and fine-art emphasis. My idea is to establish a multi-use space: One side that gives access and mentorship in crafts-based disciplines, to establish meditative skill sets ...more »

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Hiring art majors with disabilities

This past weekend, I was fortunate to go to Mountain Jam in Castkill, NY. This was a lot of fun because it was extraordinarily accessible (interpreters, and front of the speakers experience along with courteous staff). One thing I noticed was that stage managers, lighting crew and all of the tech support staff DID NOT include anyone with disAbilities. We have graduated a number of Deaf Theater majors that can perform ...more »

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For Artwork that is difficult to market ...

There is a kind of artwork, often the best, that is very difficult to market, due to the subject matter. The particular "kind" of artwork I am thinking of is the art created from those in stress -- the mentally disturbed, the mentally disabled, the family member who has lost someone due to a mass shooting, first responders, soldiers with PTSD, an abused wife or child....the artwork comes from people who do not normally ...more »

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Festival of the arts expectations

I suggest that perhaps each festival of the art could add a percentage of artists with disabilities to the vendor lists. By this I mean, a certain percentage of booths could be set aside for artists with disabilities, marketed, and access provided to allow these artists to interact with customers. As an example, a Deaf artist could probably use interpreters at the both to allow her or him to interact w ith hearing customers ...more »

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