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ArtLifting - An Art Gallery for Artists with Disabilities

I work for an art company and gallery called ArtLifting (www.artlifting.com), based out of Boston, MA that works specifically with (visual) artists living with a disability or who have experienced homelessness. We currently represent 140 artists around the country and sell two dimensional original artwork (paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, printmaking) and prints through online e-commerce, licensing, and ...more »

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Flexibility, Visibility, and Culture Shift

As someone with an invisible illness and disability, I have the privilege of choosing to conceal my challenges most of the time; however, this only leads to immense struggles for me down the line as I am not able to perform my job to the best of my abilities when I'm struggling with chronic pain and fatigue. Working for an organization that outwardly, visibly supports diversity and inclusion efforts, and works diligently ...more »

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MARKETING & PROMOTING Performing Artists with Disabilities

Given the socialized marginalization, it is understandable that Professional Artist with Disabilities prefer not to highlight their unique challenges when promoting and marketing their shows. However, I don't think they realize that are missing a huge opportunity to reach an audience that is under-served and in need of inspiration. Based on the latest Arts and Ability research, only 7% of LIVE entertainment-goers ...more »

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Festivals & Diversity Lottery

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 »

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Navigating Multiple/Intersectional Identities

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 »

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Mass Produced Products

Access Gallery os a Social Enterprise based in Denver CO. We work to increase economic opportunities for young people with disabilities through the arts. We are primarily a gallery and store bur recently have branched into some consumer goods. where we are able to replicate original pieces of art and sell them as products. Our mission is to get money into the pockets of our artists but we also have to pay the bills. I ...more »

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Folk Dancing on stage led by a guide

As a visually impaired person, I love to dance especially Israeli folk dancing.. Need someone who knows the steps and can guide a person like me as well. Most of the people who dance, cannot describe the steps while dancing. They also use the wrong language. Rather than use the name of the step, they say one, two three.

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VAPA for Students with Disabilities

VAPA: Visual and Performing Arts Framework Accommodations for Student with Disabilities Compiled by Jonn Paris-Salb 2016 Students with disabilities are not typically invited to participate in arts programs for general education students. The arts are as important to the school experience as is academics for some students. The important issue is that accommodations must be in place in order for some of the students to ...more »

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