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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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I Carry On

Here is a verse from the song, 'I Carry On' that I have composed that I would like to get out to more media outlets:

 

"Taking twice as long to plan

Makes me no less of a man

Do you blame a blind man

Because he cannot see

 

Some people go to such great lengths

To notice everything but strengths

I guess this might be their

Disability?

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Repurpose State Supported Living Centers into Arts Districts

Imagine Art has this crazy idea to partner with the state of Texas and repurpose our existing state supported living centers as Arts Districts. In Austin we have a growing problem of affordability and artist live-work spaces. We also have major gaps in provider services for long-term care options for people with disabilities. The state owns 13 properties (most of which are 100 acres) and they direct $663 million in ...more »

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Create Grants Mentor Program; Hold Workshop for Disabled Artists

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 »

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LAND League Artist Natural Design Gallery Brooklyn NYC

10 Years ago a gallery/studio was founded in the heart of Dumbo Brooklyn, in a storefront on the main street by The League school, who since was priced out of having a headquarters in this very now expensive neighborhood. Many of the residents, artists, celebrities consider LAND an institution and add to their collections frequently. LAND artists have been featured at the Moma, art fairs, exhibitions and written about ...more »

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Benefits Planning

Benefits planning is also critical for artists with disabilities who might access SSI/SSDI. We need to be able to figure how much we can make and still keep our benefits, how much we need to make to be able to afford to get off our benefits. We need to have a tight handle on our healthcare and health options should we be able to afford to get off of SSI. We need to understand our safety net. Also, new pieces like the ...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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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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Revealing Culture Exhibition at the Smithsonian International

In 2010 VSA International put together a wonderful and empowering exhibition of artists with disabilities at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C. The exhibition design was done by famous designer with a disability, Michael Graves. My artwork was selected for this show along with many others. Being part of that exhibition did more for my art and morale. It gave artists with disabilities a voice and in an important ...more »

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Sell the "Service", not the "Thing"

Develop "Marketable" Art that only requires personalization One of the barriers I see to "marketing" art work as a career is the high overhead of building something from start to finish. Consider buying some inexpensive items, and then "personalizing" them through individual artists, thus making each of the pieces one-of-a-kind. For example. Take an article of clothing. Perhaps a t-shirt, or apron -- or best of ...more »

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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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Art is a great idea to teach to children to help them

Art is good for students to overcome a stress filled academic schedule but very few can call it a career goal. I can appreciate urban art, but really, I don't see often see art as a rural pursuit. Unless someone has taken the time to build a classic car and accomplished the magic it takes of folks to notice. But then again like urban art very few will master the ability to call this a career.

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