5. Success Stories and Positive change

East Los Angeles College Street Flash Art

Our college program Side-by-Side student club of college students mentoring young adults with cognitive delays one-on-one studied street artist Aakash Nihalani. We practiced tape optical illusion designs on our lab tables and then took it outside to the campus walls. Twenty four emails and a phone call from the dean forced us to tear down the tape art after one hour. The college students cheered the Side-by-Side team ...more »

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

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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2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

accessibility to the arts for people / artists with disabilities

How do people become artists? Most often they were arts consumers first--audience members. But when the arts--the performing arts, visual art, media--are inaccessible, you have cut off an important avenue for people who have disabilities who could become professional artists. For instance--I work with audio description (AD), making all manner of art forms accessible to people who are blind. If a young person doesn't ...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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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Disabled Culture, Pride & the Affect it Has on Art

I used to be a full time career counselor and project manager for students with disabilities. I noticed that before students took disability studies classes, they were usually very difficult to work with - as in, not confident, low self esteem ("but who would want to hire MEEEEE?") and so forth. After they took a disability studies class, they had a different attitude. Pride was flowing in them. They saw disability as ...more »

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Misrepresentation of disability & chronic illness in film indust

When television shows, advertisers, or filmmakers decide to feature a disabled character or write stories of disability & chronic illness, more often than not, it's a disappointment. Typically, a "well" actor is cast as disabled, there's very little background research done, & the level of misrepresentation in the end is grossly inaccurate. Also, let's not ignore those horrendous illnesses with "invisible " symptoms. ...more »

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

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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Inclusion WORKS, really it does

Cultural trends are directing us towards more inclusive environments where disability is simply part of the mix, adding to the diversity of the place! Our young people are growing up with more inclusion and they making better choices about their siblings and children for education and long term care, etc. This is an opportunity for arts/accessibility issues to jump on a trend and encourage these trend setters to push ...more »

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

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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5. Success Stories and Positive change

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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