Grant proposals and diversity studies often do not include. I am looking at a recent (two months ago) 80 page study made by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that is defines diversity as racial or cultural. Artists with disabilities never seriously (if at all) enters into the discussion made by the scholars putting together this lengthy study.
3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts
What ideas do you have concerning disability disclosure while working in the arts? Has it helped or hindered your work? How can representation of disability and authenticity affect the employment outcomes for people with disabilities in the arts?
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I lead an arts consortium called Bodies of Work: A Network of Disability Art and Culture in Chicago. Our mission is to support the development of work that illuminates the disability experience in imaginative and unexpected ways. As I try to network, the difficulty is literally finding trained artists with disabilities (or those who are artists who seek professional development). In my role as director, I'm often asked ...more »
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 »
This is not really an idea, but hopefully somebody will get something out of my experience... For the last three years, I have been looking for a talent representative, someone to assist me in finding appropriate engagements, outlets for my talents and skills. I have contacted all of the reputable talent agencies in U.S. (mostly LA and NY) that I can find. Not one of them answered. Here is the part I am a little embarrassed ...more »
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 »
Whether people are 'out' about their disability identity and regardless if they have an apparent or non-apparent disability, there aren't enough stories about artists with disabilities by artists with disabilities. Especially ones that aren't told by reporters and framed as something 'inspirational' or 'special.' Storytelling is a way to carve out spaces within larger, multiple/intersecting communities. For younger people ...more »
This idea is a result of the conversation from dephinia's topic, "Isolated and Unsupported", and a comment from Carrie Sandahl. Why don't we create a Quilt or Mosaic created from multiple online submissions from those who are home-bound, and only have their computers to work with? There are many digital works that can be transferred to canvases, or even stone. We then display the combined efforts as a quilt or mosaic ...more »
When the % of Women, Blacks, Asians in films and television are listed Actors & Directors with disabilities should be a category. Performing artists with disabilities face enormous challenges. Let film & stage producers know their inclusion policies regarding ALL under represented performing artists, directors, & technicians is being tallied and publicized.
Forget any reference to a disability. Art shows should just mix-in the art from those with disabilities along-side the rest of the art. At the end of the day, what does it matter that the artist has a disability? It is the Art we are judging. It's the only way to put their work on a "fair" footing with the rest of the artwork. The disabled artists I know don't want their work purchased out of pity; they want it ...more »
With every Art exhibition or showing, there is usually a program describing the collection and featuring an image or two from the artists. With permission of the artists, if the program includes contact information for the artist to very specifically include websites and blogs that feature more works, as well as emails, then that would be a huge boon to artists who are homebound, or are otherwise unable to get out and ...more »
What needs to be discussed in the dance community is how can we develope choreography that doesn't always have to be simple or highlighting a disability? I am currently training at Santa Monica College and while I am getting the best training with amazing dance instructors who aren't afraid to challenge me I find myself at a loss when I am not selected for challenging dance pieces. Now I understand that rejection is often ...more »
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 »