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 »
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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Last year Deaf West Theater went to Broadway with its version (deaf and non-deaf) of the musical "Spring Awakening." Not only was this in itself a cause for celebration, but the cast featured the FIRST wheelchair actress to hit Broadway. The show was nominated for a Tony Award and may tour the country. The only down side to this is that Deaf West has again succeeded with an adaptation. The deaf community needs to tell ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.:164 ...more »
10 Years ago a gallery/studio was founded in the heart of Dumbo Brooklyn, in a storefront on the main street by The League school, who since was priced out of having a headquarters in this very now expensive neighborhood. Many of the residents, artists, celebrities consider LAND an institution and add to their collections frequently. LAND artists have been featured at the Moma, art fairs, exhibitions and written about ...more »