Art and Artisan training with community artists sharing skills to produce art products for sale in an effort towards earned income
I see a lot of conversation in this forum focused on artists with disabilities. I am wondering how we can encourage the arts administration field to be more inclusive of people with disabilities as well. I am a person with a disability (low vision) who is very lucky to have gainful and gratifying employment as a program director at a non-profit arts organization. I attend many national and international conferences ...more »
For any program, seek and receive assistance and endorsement from widely-known, highly-respected, disabled artists. Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, etc.
Edit: Here's another. Eric Clapton! British but hey.
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 »
As we all know, businesses and event hosts everywhere are often requested to accommodate special requests, and that it's expensive and/or time consuming to accommodate. Many refuse to do so when they find out what it will cost, or says they don't have the time. Recently, I calculated that up to 34% of the population in the United States alone have a disability, food allergy, or speaks/signs a different language. We ...more »
Music Therapy is so beneficial to anyone dealing with a disability and especially those with any mental health issues. I have seen first hand how empowering it is for people to get their stories out through music and the arts.
When we decided to be artists our parents said, "Really?... are you sure you don't want to be an accountant?" They were afraid we would never survive financially! The state VR agencies have "parent-like" power over career choices for people with disabilities. Because people need specialized supports to get jobs, be trained on jobs and keep jobs, the state VR is able to dictate what is appropriate career directions. ...more »
Question: What ideas do you have to increase the career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts? Access to $ is germane and yet there are so many other ways, activities that can take place (and needs development in our everyday workplace) that does not require or should not depend on $ as the sole penultimate requirement to help any citizen from accessing survival needs; 'learning,' development, ...more »
I have little use of my hands and can only type with one finger. For many years, I've been using many versions of voice systems to dictate my work in writing novels and short stories. For anyone with any kind of typing disability, I would highly recommend one of the voice systems like Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It takes a while to get used to this form of communicating, so a person needs to be patient, persistent and ...more »
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 »
Consider creating a Grants Mentor Program to help interested disabled artists determine specific artistic goals, resource needs, planned or proposed projects (taking into consideration any needs or limitations due to the disability). Mentors can help identify programs and resources that might help meet those needs based on factors such as discipline and geography. Resources could include grant programs, but also may expand ...more »
Finding ways to provide employment to persons with developmental disabilities in the arts, using community resources and technology.