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.
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 »
PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO WEST (PASW) is a state-funded, one of a kind non-profit affiliated professional training facility for adults with developmental disabilities. Curriculum includes acting, music, dance, theater and new media production, recording, studio engineering, digital illustration, animation, and more. PASW also provides talent management services and on-set coaching for actors with disabilities appearing ...more »
Art and Artisan training with community artists sharing skills to produce art products for sale in an effort towards earned income
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 »
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 »
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 a theatre artist living and working in Louisville, KY. Many people in the arts community here desire more diversity and inclusion. How can those in the disability community who are willing to help offer practical, logistical recommendations for small, non-profit arts organizations? How can we all, as a national arts community, pool our resources to help each other with things that have worked? From audition notices ...more »