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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Cultural Change

Nationally our demographics are changing. We "baby boomers" are a dying breed. Take a look at what's happening with antique malls. The people who collected aren't around anymore. Art is going to become another victim of a younger generations values. Antiques were another form of commodity wealth. Attempting to provide employment in the arts will prove how out of touch the NEA has become. Let me give you another example. ...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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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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Benefits Planning

Benefits planning is also critical for artists with disabilities who might access SSI/SSDI. We need to be able to figure how much we can make and still keep our benefits, how much we need to make to be able to afford to get off our benefits. We need to have a tight handle on our healthcare and health options should we be able to afford to get off of SSI. We need to understand our safety net. Also, new pieces like the ...more »

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Art is a great idea to teach to children to help them

Art is good for students to overcome a stress filled academic schedule but very few can call it a career goal. I can appreciate urban art, but really, I don't see often see art as a rural pursuit. Unless someone has taken the time to build a classic car and accomplished the magic it takes of folks to notice. But then again like urban art very few will master the ability to call this a career.

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Resource: Article on Selling Art Young Versus Old

Article: For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/16/481570231/for-many-art-dealers-selling-is-a-dirty-word-but-not-for-young-collectors

 

I think this article on NPR speaks to what we are all talking about in terms of selling art, making careers. I enjoyed this in light of the conversations we're having, I hope you do also.

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Executive Director of a non-profit art center for adults with ID

I run a non-profit art center in Grass Valley CA, Neighborhood Center of the Arts (.org) We provide working studios as well as art supplies and instructors for 70 artists with special abilities. Each year we feature their art in 4 in-house exhibits and this year 17 shows within our community and other communities. When the artists sell their work we share the sale 50-50 our % goes back into the program for supplies and ...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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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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