3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

People with disabilities and arts administration employment

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 »

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Grants for People with Disabilities

There are some fantastic grants out there now for parents who want to further their art. I think that it would be really helpful to have something similar for pwd - grants to help carve time to write, or to pay for art supplies/cameras/etc. It's an enormous struggle to get set in a profitable cycle - because to be able to afford the time to complete the work, and to afford the necessary supplies, you have to work. And ...more »

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Public School Classroom Aide

Since so many public schools have removed art from the classroom, I would like to see a grant written that would support it's return or to use public schools to offer after school art programs. In my area which includes Oregon and SW Washington, I see children who have no time allowed for drawing to express themselves. I will draw, even for 5 minutes, with my challenged students, and it increases their ability to focus. ...more »

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Career Development Through the Arts

Artists First, a nonprofit in St. Louis, Missouri has successfully implemented an arts based career development program, Lifeworks. This guided self-employment program gives professionally minded artists with disabilities the chance to create art as a career. Artists First staff facilitates financial independence for the participants by vigorously seeking out opportunities to display, market and sell participants' artwork. ...more »

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Program Dedicated To Finding Gigs for Musicians With Autism

Jazz Hands For Autism, a new nonprofit organization has taken on this task. Through a twice-a-year concert series, and training/ performance scouting through the Jazz Hands Musician's Academy, Jazz Hands For Autism is committed to providing platforms and seeking avenues where musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum can express and explore their talents; and make a career doing so. More info: www.Jazzhandsforautism.org ...more »

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Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/The Disability Narrative Imperative

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 (LCA2.0) in an innovative initiative adopted by the Clinton Global Initiative as a two-year commitment to action in three areas: 1) increased employment in front of and behind the camera/keyboard/microphone ad stage: 2) improve authentic disability portrayals across delivery platforms AKA "The Disability Narrative Imperative" working with The ADA Legacy Project's "DisBeat" and disability ...more »

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Inportantance of Wisdom...

Hello my name is Tami Lyn, as a visually impaired artist and creator I believe that the sound wisdom of education, technology, and Braille are important tools for succes. We must insure all of our handy capable citizens that united we stand divided we fall. Therefore, we must seek legislation to insure that no child that is handy capable is left behind. So, we must start at the onset of there young lives and build strong ...more »

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Cottage Industry Program - Disabled Artists and Artisans

A cottage industry program modeled after the historical Penland School (1920s and 1930s) and using an approach similar to that of Heifer International's "values-based, holistic and community development approach" can promote occupation in arts and crafts, improve self-sufficiency, and enhance quality of life for disabled participants and the community at large. A cottage industry program designed to encourage occupation ...more »

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Artists with disabilities teaching art

It is said that "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." I disagree with this whole heartedly! It is my opinion that one of the greatest ways to promote artists with disabilities is to have them teach art. I personally am not a fan of being labeled as an artist with a disability, because art is my primary therapy for overcoming said disability, and I know that isn't possible for all artists, but why make a special ...more »

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Rob Guttenberg /robjob2@verizon.net

In 1985 (?), I was contacted by Jim Dickson of the National Organization on Disability to perform at a protest rally against the FDR Memorial Commissions' decision to omit images of FDR in his wheelchair, I composed the song, 'FDR in a Wheelchair' that assisted with getting the momentum to encourage the U.S. Congress to come up with funding for a second statue that now displays FDR in his White House wheelchair. Music, ...more »

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The Role of the Government in Creative Arts Careers

The government via the checks received by many persons with disabilities must recognize that if a person with disabilities chooses a career in the arts that career will often involve an erratic, free lance income that can fluctuate wildly. Often I have seen my friends and students terrified that financial success might jeopardize their ongoing income. The government should applaud rather than punish the efforts of a person ...more »

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