1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

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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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

"So, you like art. Would you like to clean the museum?"

Generations of supported employment and vocational rehab specialists have been taught to ignore the records, just meet with a person and get an impression of what they like, then using that impression, place them into a position -near- to what they like. But these positions tend to persist in being part of the 5 F's - filing, food, flowers, filth, and folding. The agencies get paid as long as the person is employed, ...more »

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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Representation, outlets and exposure

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 »

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Pricing Art

I find when selling Art the problem I ran across is pricing the artwork. At most since my area is art poor in the state of Texas or at least far west. So it comes down to explaining the person the artwork is worth this by showing the cost of the framing and the media used to create it. Most people are insulted saying that they can get for less somewhere else. The second part is exposure. Online sites like Ebay, ...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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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Executive Director of a non-profit art center for adults with ID

I run a non-profit art center in Grass Valley CA, Neighborhood Center of the Arts (.org) We provide working studios as well as art supplies and instructors for 70 artists with special abilities. Each year we feature their art in 4 in-house exhibits and this year 17 shows within our community and other communities. When the artists sell their work we share the sale 50-50 our % goes back into the program for supplies and ...more »

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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Look at A Place To Be, Middleburg, VA

Look at the program(s) that A Place To Be in Middleburg, VA has put together. They have put together an amazing project called "The Same Sky Project" that tells the story of 20 or so individuals with varying disabilities and how they have embraced these but the disability has not defiined them. It is such a powerful and inspiring story.

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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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2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Arts Educational Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

After beginning an Adaptive Dance program in 2008, I have seen the positive effects dance can have not only for the dancers, but also on the general community. The Toledo Ballet Adaptive Dance Troupe performs at schools, churches, community centers and our Showcase. This exposure raises awareness of these students abilities as opposed to disabilities. We often integrate with typical students- allowing both parties to ...more »

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4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

Isolated & Unsupported

Where I am geographically located there aren't programs that can provide any support for my specific disabilities. A lot of programs are specific to locations or specific to certain disabilities. I'd like to see more online support for artists with disabilities. I'd specifically love to see a forum or forums for artists, caregivers, and program staff to share resources and regional events, so this dialogue can go on ...more »

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