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Careers in the Arts Dialogue

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Welcome to the Careers in the Arts Dialogue, a space where we will talk about the opportunities, accomplishments, and challenges faced by people with disabilities in the arts. This dialogue is co-hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Arts and Disability Center.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has played a key role in advancing career opportunities for people with disabilities in the arts through national and statewide conversations, funding initiatives, publications, and professional development opportunities. The Careers in the Arts Dialogue is a follow-up to two national conferences, held by the NEA in 1998 and 2009, and 28 NEA-sponsored Statewide Forums (2002 -2014). These gatherings brought together artists and arts administrators with disabilities, as well as other arts leaders to assess the training and education, employment, representation, and career trajectories of artists with disabilities. Since that time, there have been some notable accomplishments on Broadway and in disability-oriented films, television, and arts festivals as well as the advancement of the fields of Deaf theater and physically integrated dance.

Less is known, however, about how these achievements came about or what we might learn from them to improve future arts opportunities for people with disabilities. We also know that barriers still exist that impact the career preparation, representation, leadership, and accessibility of the arts to people with disabilities. Through this dialogue we want to again ‘take the pulse’ of the field, discuss what is needed, and together create strategies for successful change.

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