I continue to ask what is being done for dance training to be equitable for wheelchair dancers on the college or university level? I don't just mean an integrated class here and their. I am talking about the ability for wheelchair dancers to take all classes together with their non disabled peers and to receive a degree in dance. We know that it can be done because we do it at Dancing Wheels Company, but to date there ...more »
I was just thinking to myself, although my NC of Sylmar is relatively young and always in need of more participation and support, I never heard of (or saw) a leadership sector for "the arts". I will have to inquire if such a designate group can be developed. In turn, perhaps other Neighborhood Councils do not have such leadership role either? On a sidenote, usually, I always see "Seniors and the Disabled" grouped ...more »
Unlike other underrepresented groups, not every artist enters the population of people with disabilities at a young age. So artists who become disabled later in life often must reboot their careers and find new ways to work, in effect re-emerging. Any anecdotal experience, resource materials, and/or assistive tools you can share on effective ways to transition and adapt to a new reality as a person in the arts with a ...more »
Can anyone share their experience in finding and using a job center and/or agency specializing in helping people with disabilities create portfolio of work samples — audio, visual performance tape, art portfolio, etc. — free of charge or for a nominal fee?
Sometimes arts educators and job trainers do not have sufficient knowledge of or experience with helping students with disabilities in creating portfolios that incorporate special accommodations by that student to present that work in the most professional manner possible. Would anyone share any guidelines and/or examples of tips for educators on creating portfolios in the various areas of the arts that are specifically ...more »
Resources for crafting effective cover letters that address such disability-specific questions as how to phrase space access and/or tech-based accommodation requests include: “Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter” posted by careers adviser Susanne Christian on a cover https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters/example-of-how-to-disclose-a-disability-in-a-cover-letter ...more »
Starting out on a job search is a challenging undertaking for even seasoned professionals. It can seem even more daunting and overwhelming for a young person just starting out, particularly one who not only has to deal with age inexperience, but with a disability as well. While every job seeker in the arts — regardless of whether or not they have some type of disability — needs professional-quality presentation tools ...more »
Much of the discourse in the contemporary arts world currently revolves around intersectionality and race and gender/sexuality among them. With disability as a given, what are some institutions/programs/resources already out there that are navigating the multiple/intersectional identities with disability as one of them? What are some ways to engage intersectionality in future projects/programs? Here are a couple of examples ...more »
Dear all: I am a profoundly deaf performance artist, filmmaker, playwright and poet. I've found that the best way to give myself opportunities as a Deaf performer, is to participate in fringe festivals-- the type of festival that accepts and promotes all kinds of performance arts--theater, spoken word, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and yes ASL poetry. Fringe festivals are known for having great representation of diverse ...more »
What are your resources for recruiting people with disabilities? Where and how do you advertise?
Do you feel you need and/or would benefit from resources/training specifically targeted to include people with disabilities in your institution? What would be most helpful to you?
Where did you learn about your current position?
What was your educational/job training path specific to your position?
Was there a resource helpful to you realizing any adaptive needs?
People with disabilities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, especially pertaining to the performing arts. I think there is not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to take the stage. I think we really should have an open discussion and carefully make a casting decision with inclusion.