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

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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Reality check..........

All artists, disabled or not, have trouble finding/creating outlets for their works. Though, there is another issue for disabled... Those that rely on government benefits, do not file income tax. As soon as we do, the government benefits are stopped. The Federal government does not want to seem to understand that this income is not stable or a just one time success. Another issue is mobility. I think many would ...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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"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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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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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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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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