Besides being a disabled artist, disability issues are extremely important to me. Near the age of 15, I was hired through a Summer youth employment program to work with developmentally disabled adults. My grandmother was blind, and a cousin, due to being shot nine times, underwent 56 operations and is now a double amputee. To this day, I still grapple with having an invisible disability, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ...more »
2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators
What ideas do you have for the arts field (arts organizations, arts service organizations, arts agencies, and arts funders) and the arts education field (schools, community arts education, conservatories, and universities) to ensure full inclusion for youth and adults seeking training in the arts field?
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My greatest fear at this moment is transferring to a four year university as a dance major. I have search and searched for guidance of how to go about preparing for auditions. It's terrifying because realistically, it's a very slim chance that I get accepted into a dance program that will provide me with advance training in dance. Of course I can apply to universities that don't hold auditions but that's very limiting ...more »
At the college level, I'd like to see smaller class sizes. Colleges are impacted and sometimes the course is too fast or too many people talking. Many young adults with disabilities have difficulty being assertive. I need to find more classes addressing work-related social skills. You know, engaging in "water cooler talk" instead of just talking about what interests them.
Replicate a fellowship program for arts leaders with disabilities. There is a great program at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (the Urban Arts Leadership Program) that focuses on empowering the leadership of young people of color in the arts. "The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. ***Equally important***, UALP offers ...more »
My name is Kitty Lunn, Artistic Director of Infinity Dance Theater in New York City. I am a disabled dancer using a wheelchair. I have a hard time finding qualified dancers for my Company, because disabled people aren't given the same training opportunities as their non-disabled peers. I won't put someone on stage simply because they have a disability. It would be very helpful if State Vocational Rehab specialist ...more »
As a wheelchair user and one of America's first professional wheelchair dancers, I can't stress enough the importance of equality in training. Every dance department in colleges and universities across America must come to the realization that they are non compliant if they do not provide equal training in the same environment for wheelchair dancers and stand up dancers. They can no longer use the excuse that they don't ...more »
I am passionate about the need for students to have access to a multi-disciplinary arts education through school or other programs, Many artists ( myself included) discovered their love for their art and talent for their art at a young age.. Access to arts education allows future artists to not only discover a love for their art but also begin to develop their artistic talent. **************************************************** ...more »
After beginning an Adaptive Dance program in 2008, I have seen the positive effects dance can have not only for the dancers, but also on the general community. The Toledo Ballet Adaptive Dance Troupe performs at schools, churches, community centers and our Showcase. This exposure raises awareness of these students abilities as opposed to disabilities. We often integrate with typical students- allowing both parties to ...more »
A cottage industry program modeled after the historical Penland School (1920s and 1930s) and using an approach similar to that of Heifer International's "values-based, holistic and community development approach" can promote occupation in arts and crafts, improve self-sufficiency, and enhance quality of life for disabled participants and the community at large. A cottage industry program designed to encourage occupation ...more »
not an intensive, but a place where classes are available to learn new skills and also focus is placed on having a supportive environment with pharmacy runs.
many of the residencies I find are too isolated to allow for trips to the pharmacy or are outside of my home state where my medicine is paid for.
just a couple things to consider.
Movement classes in the preforming arts need integration for people with disabilities, i.e. dancing in a wheelchair, technical theater, directing, acting, singing, etc. This requires accreditation of specific classes (in academia) and a change in administrative mindsets, i.e. yes, students with disabilities CAN preform and do so along with their non-disabled classmates. There are hundreds of examples of preforming groups ...more »
Working artists with disabilities have developed varying marketing skills, methods of making art, and business management expertise. Creating and faciliating a series of webinars on 'Making, Marketing and Managing' will tap this energy and expertise for peer mentoring and exchanges. Being live sessions with audio and video with closed captions generates a sense of community and connection. A 'menu' of topics could ...more »