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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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

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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Reflection #1

Just coming onto this site and not attached to getting points-- I'd like to articulate that there have always been challenges for all communities and the notion idea and 'fact' of the word 'disability' has never been truly understood or well-represented in the context of (cultural beliefs about health) and the perception (and the trajectory of being in the state of 'wellness' is not a fixed condition of 'health' for all ...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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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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Encourage Funding for Projects w/ Limited Reach

Grants, more often than not, require that the "greatest number of people" be impacted. For Deaf theatre companies, this means including some sort of accessible component, meaning auditory or readable text for hearing audiences. This has the effect of discouraging deeper explorations into Deaf arts in the name of serving hearing audiences expectations and needs. We need more funding that isn't tied to hearing audience ...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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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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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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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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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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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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