2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Leadership Development Fellowships + Host Organization Training

Replicate a fellowship program for arts leaders with disabilities. There is a great program at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (the Urban Arts Leadership Program) that focuses on empowering the leadership of young people of color in the arts. "The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. ***Equally important***, UALP offers ...more »

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Performing Arts Studio West

PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO WEST (PASW) is a state-funded, one of a kind non-profit affiliated professional training facility for adults with developmental disabilities. Curriculum includes acting, music, dance, theater and new media production, recording, studio engineering, digital illustration, animation, and more. PASW also provides talent management services and on-set coaching for actors with disabilities appearing ...more »

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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Where are disabled artists and administrators?

I lead an arts consortium called Bodies of Work: A Network of Disability Art and Culture in Chicago. Our mission is to support the development of work that illuminates the disability experience in imaginative and unexpected ways. As I try to network, the difficulty is literally finding trained artists with disabilities (or those who are artists who seek professional development). In my role as director, I'm often asked ...more »

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Look at A Place To Be, Middleburg, VA

Look at the program(s) that A Place To Be in Middleburg, VA has put together. They have put together an amazing project called "The Same Sky Project" that tells the story of 20 or so individuals with varying disabilities and how they have embraced these but the disability has not defiined them. It is such a powerful and inspiring story.

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Festival of the arts expectations

I suggest that perhaps each festival of the art could add a percentage of artists with disabilities to the vendor lists. By this I mean, a certain percentage of booths could be set aside for artists with disabilities, marketed, and access provided to allow these artists to interact with customers. As an example, a Deaf artist could probably use interpreters at the both to allow her or him to interact w ith hearing customers ...more »

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Encourage Funding for Projects w/ Limited Reach

Grants, more often than not, require that the "greatest number of people" be impacted. For Deaf theatre companies, this means including some sort of accessible component, meaning auditory or readable text for hearing audiences. This has the effect of discouraging deeper explorations into Deaf arts in the name of serving hearing audiences expectations and needs. We need more funding that isn't tied to hearing audience ...more »

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Collaboration with + Support to Existing Creative Pro Pipelines

There are some grants and awards and funding streams, organizations etc to encourage women in film (WIFV or Geena Davis Institute, the Directors List) and/or minorities in film. Some groups are well established with great educational programs. I'm talking about non-disability film-related organizations with successful history in supporting and promoting individual artists and their work. Funding/Supporting Disability ...more »

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Arts Educational Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

After beginning an Adaptive Dance program in 2008, I have seen the positive effects dance can have not only for the dancers, but also on the general community. The Toledo Ballet Adaptive Dance Troupe performs at schools, churches, community centers and our Showcase. This exposure raises awareness of these students abilities as opposed to disabilities. We often integrate with typical students- allowing both parties to ...more »

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Needed Support for Performing Artists with Disabilities

Stage of film producers are not generally aware that they might include actors/singes with disabilities. Grants can insist that auditions include these artists. Often, even if the performing artist with a disability gets auditioned, the producer hesitates -- will a deaf artist need a costly interpreter? Will a wheelchair artist require special accommodations? These challenges can be overcome by private and governmental ...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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Dance and Disability

What needs to be discussed in the dance community is how can we develope choreography that doesn't always have to be simple or highlighting a disability? I am currently training at Santa Monica College and while I am getting the best training with amazing dance instructors who aren't afraid to challenge me I find myself at a loss when I am not selected for challenging dance pieces. Now I understand that rejection is often ...more »

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