5. Success Stories and Positive change

5. Success Stories and Positive change

We are interested in hearing your success stories and the positive changes that you’ve seen over the past 10 years in the arts for people with disabilities. What can we learn from these changes?

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Revealing Culture Exhibition at the Smithsonian International

In 2010 VSA International put together a wonderful and empowering exhibition of artists with disabilities at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C. The exhibition design was done by famous designer with a disability, Michael Graves. My artwork was selected for this show along with many others. Being part of that exhibition did more for my art and morale. It gave artists with disabilities a voice and in an important ...more »

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Arts Unbound

I run a career development program for artists with disabilities at the non-profit organization Arts Unbound in Orange, New Jersey. Our program is free and open to anyone living with a developmental disability, physical disability or mental illness. We assist artists with putting together their portfolio, photographing their work, writing an artist statement, building a web site, applying for exhibitions, and marketing ...more »

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I have a dissability...

My name is Brandon Michael Scarth, and as I said, I have a dissability. But that's not really what I came on here to talk to you all about. I came on here to say that it MAY SUCK...HORRIBLY, but, it's my life now. Maybe someday they'll find a way to make it ALL better...but right now...its just a fact!!! So, I would like to share with you...some advice...whether you TAKE it or not is ENTIRELY up to YOU!! For those of ...more »

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Rob Guttenberg /robjob2@verizon.net

In 1985 (?), I was contacted by Jim Dickson of the National Organization on Disability to perform at a protest rally against the FDR Memorial Commissions' decision to omit images of FDR in his wheelchair, I composed the song, 'FDR in a Wheelchair' that assisted with getting the momentum to encourage the U.S. Congress to come up with funding for a second statue that now displays FDR in his White House wheelchair. Music, ...more »

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Capturing the rich history of artists with disabilities

Seeing is believing. Even today, there is not easy access to art made by people with disabilities (film, television, literature, art, dance, even comic books!). It isn't in textbooks, it isn't on television. There is no "collection" or history to show that we do exist and do create and that it IS a viable option for a career. Not a solution, just a problem/question - Is there a way to highlight the "greatest" and make ...more »

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Modern-day "Federal Art Project" funded by Act of Congress?

Lobby for a new "Federal Art Project" like the Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The New Deal program was funded under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. Jackson Pollock got his start under that program. "One particular success was the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, which started in 1935 as an experiment that employed 900 people who were classified as unemployable due to their age or disability.[1]:164 ...more »

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Provide an Online Presence for Shared Artistic Reactions

In the event of the mass shootings of the Orlando Attack, many artists, as is their way, responded to this by creating art that dealt with this topic. Consider working with city, state, or federal agencies to provide an online presence for a "gallery" where artists can post their work for free. Not only visual images, but music and poems. This would be a very agile way of responding to disasters, it would start to ...more »

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Artists with disabilities teaching art

It is said that "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." I disagree with this whole heartedly! It is my opinion that one of the greatest ways to promote artists with disabilities is to have them teach art. I personally am not a fan of being labeled as an artist with a disability, because art is my primary therapy for overcoming said disability, and I know that isn't possible for all artists, but why make a special ...more »

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For Keeping the Books: Hire those with Autism

Launching the careers of artists requires those who can "keep the books"...one way of promoting careers for those with disabilities is to hire those with autism to keep the books for Art Galleries, and Art Events. Here's some references: Companies Are Hiring Autistic Workers to Boost the Bottom Line http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/03/28/autism_at_work_companies_like_sap_and_freddie_mac_are_hiring_people_with.html ...more »

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East Los Angeles College Street Flash Art

Our college program Side-by-Side student club of college students mentoring young adults with cognitive delays one-on-one studied street artist Aakash Nihalani. We practiced tape optical illusion designs on our lab tables and then took it outside to the campus walls. Twenty four emails and a phone call from the dean forced us to tear down the tape art after one hour. The college students cheered the Side-by-Side team ...more »

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Encore Studio for the Performing Arts - One of a Kind!

Encore Studio for the Performing Arts is a professional, repertory theatre company for people with disabilities. The repertory company includes a diverse cross section of the community working with people with cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and people dealing with mental health issues. All of our work is original and all has been written to the repertory actors. To their stories, their personalities ...more »

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