2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Separate is not Equal

As a wheelchair user and one of America's first professional wheelchair dancers, I can't stress enough the importance of equality in training. Every dance department in colleges and universities across America must come to the realization that they are non compliant if they do not provide equal training in the same environment for wheelchair dancers and stand up dancers. They can no longer use the excuse that they don't ...more »

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My Story

My name is Diana Elizabeth Jordan I am an actor/storyteller and speaker. I have cerebral palsy that mildly affects my speech and gait. I known since I was a young girl that I wanted to be an actor and I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that I have had. There have been many challenges but the rewards always out weigh them. I have worked in film theater and television. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting and ...more »

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Transportation options

I'm concerned about the challenges for emerging artists who are unable to drive a car. After many years struggling with the challenges of getting where I need to go, I've had opportunities where "reasonable accommodations" were taken care of by others. Spending a day to get to and from one appointment or job, via paratransit, or bus, while others can do the same in 2 or 3 hours is frustrating. Please don't misunderstand ...more »

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Art as a REAL Career?

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 »

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Feature Machines for those who are tied to them

I know some with disabilities, who rely on their wheelchairs and the way they are tied to them, who are frustrated by the machines that enable them. Turn these into an asset. Feature the machine as an actual part of the art, performance art and/or dance. Using machines as part of art is new enough and fresh enough, that I personally feel it would give these artists an edge. Here's an example of drones being used ...more »

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Apologies... Reality check #2.............

What can I say? We live in capitalism, free market. So, have to work with what I got. That said..... Does anyone have any connections to Universal, Sony, or Warner's? I can fulfill the following roles: Lyricist A&R Producer I know, I'll probably hear crickets, but like I said, have to try. Feel free to connect with me for any reason. I'll offer any assistance I can ) MichaelsLyric.com Almost forgot, I am also ...more »

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Arts Education / and Business Training

I am passionate about the need for students to have access to a multi-disciplinary arts education through school or other programs, Many artists ( myself included) discovered their love for their art and talent for their art at a young age.. Access to arts education allows future artists to not only discover a love for their art but also begin to develop their artistic talent. **************************************************** ...more »

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A Great Success Story!

Last year Deaf West Theater went to Broadway with its version (deaf and non-deaf) of the musical "Spring Awakening." Not only was this in itself a cause for celebration, but the cast featured the FIRST wheelchair actress to hit Broadway. The show was nominated for a Tony Award and may tour the country. The only down side to this is that Deaf West has again succeeded with an adaptation. The deaf community needs to tell ...more »

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Modifying COLA and SGA terms in regards as Artist being Career

We need to address the proverbial elephant in the room. Disability Benefits. We all look at things due to disability benefits and deathly afraid if we do something what consider a living we lose the benefits. It is time that we consider how Social Security is done by the community and look at programs such as PASS and ABLE accounts. These programs are not the fix people believe and eventually the problems will reappear. ...more »

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Reflection#2 Career Preparedness

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 »

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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Create and Display a Quilt or Mosaic made from online submission

This idea is a result of the conversation from dephinia's topic, "Isolated and Unsupported", and a comment from Carrie Sandahl. Why don't we create a Quilt or Mosaic created from multiple online submissions from those who are home-bound, and only have their computers to work with? There are many digital works that can be transferred to canvases, or even stone. We then display the combined efforts as a quilt or mosaic ...more »

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