In too many art spaces, people are unaware that artistry that uses the political, cultural, and historical dimensions of disability is a profound and growing field. Disability artistry itself is a tool for change, since the work being produced questions long-held notions of things like embodiment, temporality, and interdependence (which are in some cases the very concepts we wish we could introduce to those at the helm ...more »
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.
For many years, I taught an up cycling class to folks with disabilities - we worked on furniture, household items, did some sewing, artwork - lots of cool stuff - That We Sold!!!!!! With the right tools, space etc., I believe this could be a lucrative and creative endeavor for people with disabilities. It would encompass job skills, paid employment, art education and training - An Arts Center/Store Ideally it would ...more »
We're seeing the encouraging emergence of online platforms dedicated to fostering and growing inclusivity and intersectionality across creative fields. A few examples of such platforms that serve as internet databases where artists can highlight their creative pieces in order to find work are Women Who Draw, Women Photograph, Queer Cartoonists, Cartoonists of Color, and People of Craft. These intersectional platforms ...more »
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 »
Individualized Education Programs sometimes require rather inflexible "outcomes" of learning. Those designing IEPs can struggle to explain arts outcomes in the terms and measures thought to be required. In some cases, educators remove arts education from IEPs altogether for these reasons. We need a way to share standards for arts outcomes in IEPs and stress that disability arts is an expansive and transformative field ...more »
What type of art/performance education/training would you have most benefited from during your primary and secondary education?
Please share great programs or resources that you've used or have taken part in.
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 »
Open Circle Theatre creates a professional theatre that integrates artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities. We then seek recognition and participation in the DC theatre scene so that artists with disabilities get seen and then cast and hired by other theatres. We truly believe that showing artists with disabilities in roles that others had not considered them for in the past not only gets these ...more »
I was just thinking to myself, although my NC of Sylmar is relatively young and always in need of more participation and support, I never heard of (or saw) a leadership sector for "the arts". I will have to inquire if such a designate group can be developed. In turn, perhaps other Neighborhood Councils do not have such leadership role either? On a sidenote, usually, I always see "Seniors and the Disabled" grouped ...more »
Sometimes arts educators and job trainers do not have sufficient knowledge of or experience with helping students with disabilities in creating portfolios that incorporate special accommodations by that student to present that work in the most professional manner possible. Would anyone share any guidelines and/or examples of tips for educators on creating portfolios in the various areas of the arts that are specifically ...more »
Observation, as it relates to students with disabilities and their "participation" in school arts programs. Their participation is low or non-existent because school arts programs are student selected and band/chorus/dance/theatre/etc teachers do not recruit for student participants. Many students with disabilities do not sign up to participate in school arts programs. One understandable reason is low self-esteem/confidence. ...more »
Is there a listing of Cultural Worker positions within arts professions that human resources or job trainers can share?
Are there any programs for people with disabilities providing support and training for these positions?