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 »
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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I'm concerned about the challenges for emerging artists who are unable to drive a car. After many years struggling with the challenges of getting where I need to go, I've had opportunities where "reasonable accommodations" were taken care of by others. Spending a day to get to and from one appointment or job, via paratransit, or bus, while others can do the same in 2 or 3 hours is frustrating. Please don't misunderstand ...more »
Music Therapy is so beneficial to anyone dealing with a disability and especially those with any mental health issues. I have seen first hand how empowering it is for people to get their stories out through music and the arts.
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 »
I would like to advocate for the return of the VSA Arts artist/performer profiles that made it so much easier for government agencies to locate performers with disabilities to present at ADA and EEOC offices around ADA/EEOC birthday
What about doing more to connect songwriters with disability groups looking for motivational songs for films or campaigns?
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 »
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 »
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 »