Disclosures & Representation: Best Practices
Representation of disability and intersectional identities may affect the employment outcomes for people with disabilities in the arts. What are examples of organizations/individuals/alliances in the arts that are producing accessible, inclusive, and intersectional programming, support, and opportunities for disabled artists and cultural workers?
Please share your ideas for resources or strategies for the following:
- Guidance in considering and addressing disability/identity disclosure while working in the arts.
- Assistance for employers, employees, and arts venue staff in a workspace/art space with access and inclusion.
- Support or mentorship for disabled artists and cultural workers from additionally marginalized communities including communities of color, those for whom English is a second language, and those who are LGBTQ trans*.
As someone with an invisible illness and disability, I have the privilege of choosing to conceal my challenges most of the time; however, this only leads to immense struggles for me down the line as I am not able to perform my job to the best of my abilities when I'm struggling with chronic pain and fatigue. Working for an organization that outwardly, visibly supports diversity and inclusion efforts, and works diligently ...more »
Given the socialized marginalization, it is understandable that Professional Artist with Disabilities prefer not to highlight their unique challenges when promoting and marketing their shows. However, I don't think they realize that are missing a huge opportunity to reach an audience that is under-served and in need of inspiration. Based on the latest Arts and Ability research, only 7% of LIVE entertainment-goers ...more »
Much of the discourse in the contemporary arts world currently revolves around intersectionality and race and gender/sexuality among them. With disability as a given, what are some institutions/programs/resources already out there that are navigating the multiple/intersectional identities with disability as one of them? What are some ways to engage intersectionality in future projects/programs? Here are a couple of examples ...more »
I work for an art company and gallery called ArtLifting (www.artlifting.com), based out of Boston, MA that works specifically with (visual) artists living with a disability or who have experienced homelessness. We currently represent 140 artists around the country and sell two dimensional original artwork (paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, printmaking) and prints through online e-commerce, licensing, and ...more »
Access Gallery os a Social Enterprise based in Denver CO. We work to increase economic opportunities for young people with disabilities through the arts. We are primarily a gallery and store bur recently have branched into some consumer goods. where we are able to replicate original pieces of art and sell them as products. Our mission is to get money into the pockets of our artists but we also have to pay the bills. I ...more »
Dear all: I am a profoundly deaf performance artist, filmmaker, playwright and poet. I've found that the best way to give myself opportunities as a Deaf performer, is to participate in fringe festivals-- the type of festival that accepts and promotes all kinds of performance arts--theater, spoken word, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and yes ASL poetry. Fringe festivals are known for having great representation of diverse ...more »
We are finding that artists with "invisible" disabilities struggle with revealing their disability. It would be nice to address this and identify a way to help them to safely expose the challenges they have fought for years to hide.
Discuss best practices for artists who needs accommodation for auditions. Also, how can we apply this to AEA, SAG-AFTRA and other affiliations.