Grants, more often than not, require that the "greatest number of people" be impacted. For Deaf theatre companies, this means including some sort of accessible component, meaning auditory or readable text for hearing audiences. This has the effect of discouraging deeper explorations into Deaf arts in the name of serving hearing audiences expectations and needs. We need more funding that isn't tied to hearing audience ...more »
1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts
What are some of the strategies used by people with disabilities seeking employment or self-employment in the arts? What are the barriers and challenges, and what ideas do you have for how the arts field can help provide career preparation and opportunity? These ideas can include your experiences with accommodations and accessibility, as well as how people with disabilities can work in the arts and have access to healthcare and other benefits.
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My name is Sarah Muehlbauer. I am a 32 year old Crohn’s sufferer, writer, performer and artist, who wants to build community programming and career opportunities for the arts and disability cross-section. I come at this from both a healing background and fine-art emphasis. My idea is to establish a multi-use space: One side that gives access and mentorship in crafts-based disciplines, to establish meditative skill sets ...more »
Art is good for students to overcome a stress filled academic schedule but very few can call it a career goal. I can appreciate urban art, but really, I don't see often see art as a rural pursuit. Unless someone has taken the time to build a classic car and accomplished the magic it takes of folks to notice. But then again like urban art very few will master the ability to call this a career.
Question: What ideas do you have to increase the career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts? Access to $ is germane and yet there are so many other ways, activities that can take place (and needs development in our everyday workplace) that does not require or should not depend on $ as the sole penultimate requirement to help any citizen from accessing survival needs; 'learning,' development, ...more »
When Mark Medoff wrote "Children of a Lesser God," he insisted that ANY production of this play must include deaf actors in deaf roles. If you create good professional material (dance, plays, films) you can have some control over its production. What is lacking in the story-rich, talented disabled community is confidence and opportunity. Teachers of play-writing such as myself can form or demand creating writing classes ...more »
Would a Special Needs (Pooled) Trust be one way to protect public benefits a disabled person gets when they want to participate in a program? This is in answer to the problem with disabled artists losing benefits they rely on if they generate income or have assets over a certain limit. Money/Income produced from sale of art by an artist might be used to fund the Trust. I'm imaging this solution as more applicable in ...more »
Imagine Art is a community where artists with and without disabilities gather for art making. Our space recruits a wide spectrum of people (with and without disabilities). We have artists with developmental disabilities that have access to Medicaid Waiver dollars for community based support. We have artists with mental illness that are seeking to serve others and access part time gigs in the arts. We have non-disabled ...more »
As an art educator I see a big opportunity for individuals with disabilities to simply be included pre k-college in the arts curriculum that is available to all the students in a given building. Teachers willfully work with artist that are in their minds "gifted" artists but often won't take that extra time with students with disabilities. When we take this time it can open up conversations about opportunities in the ...more »
Article: For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)
I think this article on NPR speaks to what we are all talking about in terms of selling art, making careers. I enjoyed this in light of the conversations we're having, I hope you do also.
With certain requirements and under certain obligation, individuals with proven disability and/or low income, those should be allowed to claim a status of a nonprofit. This should be easily available, without government or lawyer fees. This way artists will not worry about losing their lifeline, medication and caregiver. Also, artists would be able to get the assistance from many corporations. For example, Godaddy ...more »
Nationally our demographics are changing. We "baby boomers" are a dying breed. Take a look at what's happening with antique malls. The people who collected aren't around anymore. Art is going to become another victim of a younger generations values. Antiques were another form of commodity wealth. Attempting to provide employment in the arts will prove how out of touch the NEA has become. Let me give you another example. ...more »
There is a kind of artwork, often the best, that is very difficult to market, due to the subject matter. The particular "kind" of artwork I am thinking of is the art created from those in stress -- the mentally disturbed, the mentally disabled, the family member who has lost someone due to a mass shooting, first responders, soldiers with PTSD, an abused wife or child....the artwork comes from people who do not normally ...more »