Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

People with disabilities may find challenges and barriers to employment in the arts as artists and arts administrators, and/or in promoting their own artistic practice. What career preparation strategies would you recommend for people with disabilities seeking employment or self-employment in the arts, as artists or other cultural workers? We are looking for your ideas on the available resources and strategies for artists to promote their work, existing professional development opportunities, resources and strategies for acquiring and retaining public benefits and healthcare, and resources for accommodations in work and school.

In addition, please share your ideas and comments for the following: resources that assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers and challenges and provide career preparation and opportunities in the arts field, effective tools or resources for networking and job searching, and resources for educators to supplement their existing curricula in arts education programs to include disability arts representation and narratives.

Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

What About the Colleges?

I continue to ask what is being done for dance training to be equitable for wheelchair dancers on the college or university level? I don't just mean an integrated class here and their. I am talking about the ability for wheelchair dancers to take all classes together with their non disabled peers and to receive a degree in dance. We know that it can be done because we do it at Dancing Wheels Company, but to date there ...more »

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Traditional Art in Oil and water coloring and Online Art Program

The problem getting a degree in art is the cost of get a bachelors in art, The materials cost are prohibitive because quality materials are expensive and costly because the cheaper material tends to be me more wasteful when you use it For Graphics and CAD programs the equipment runs $2000 alone and the software is another $2000 so it is not exactly cheap if you want the premium programs. Oils, water colors, acrylics ...more »

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Job centers specializing in disability assistance/placement

Can anyone share their experience in finding and using a job center and/or agency specializing in helping people with disabilities create portfolio of work samples — audio, visual performance tape, art portfolio, etc. — free of charge or for a nominal fee?

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Enterpreneurship and Artists on Public Benefits (SSI/SSDI)

ArtLifting is a social enterprise working with visual artists (creating two dimensional art such as paintings, drawings, photography, digital art) from diverse communities and backgrounds who often face systemic challenges to financial stability. A question facing our company is: “How do we connect artists with financially empowering opportunities that contribute to financial sustainability without inhibiting the social ...more »

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Resources and Training for HR Professionals/Recruiters

Does anyone know of resources/training specifically targeted for HR professionals and recruiters to include people with disabilities for employment in their cultural institution? This might be resources that were not intended for the cultural workforce, but could be adapted. Also, in addition to general audience vehicles, are there any great vehicles to specifically advertise positions for the community of people with ...more »

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Job-seeking tools

Starting out on a job search is a challenging undertaking for even seasoned professionals. It can seem even more daunting and overwhelming for a young person just starting out, particularly one who not only has to deal with age inexperience, but with a disability as well. While every job seeker in the arts — regardless of whether or not they have some type of disability — needs professional-quality presentation tools ...more »

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The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship provides a two-year cycle of support to a Disabled writer, for the generation and development of a new play to essay and challenge perceptions of the "Disabled Experience." The fellowship includes outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and an intensive two-year process of new play development activities for the Fellow through The Lark’s ...more »

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Internships and Mentorships

Many cities are home to Arts and Cultural Alliances which are an ideal opportunity for students with disabilities to get exposure to careers in arts administration. If these Cultural Alliances whose membership is often the leaders of cultural attractions in cities were to partner with College and University Disability Support Services, it would offer amazing opportunities for both Internships and Mentorships for higher ...more »

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Job App

Develop an application for job seekers to input what they are able to do, tasks which require accommodation to perform and what their limitations are. The application would then synthesize this data and produce a possible match for employment/jobs, which could then be matched against job posts that are a good fit for the prospective employee.

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Career transition strategies for late-in-life artists

Unlike other underrepresented groups, not every artist enters the population of people with disabilities at a young age. So artists who become disabled later in life often must reboot their careers and find new ways to work, in effect re-emerging. Any anecdotal experience, resource materials, and/or assistive tools you can share on effective ways to transition and adapt to a new reality as a person in the arts with a ...more »

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