1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

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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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Festival of the arts expectations

I suggest that perhaps each festival of the art could add a percentage of artists with disabilities to the vendor lists. By this I mean, a certain percentage of booths could be set aside for artists with disabilities, marketed, and access provided to allow these artists to interact with customers. As an example, a Deaf artist could probably use interpreters at the both to allow her or him to interact w ith hearing customers ...more »

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Hiring art majors with disabilities

This past weekend, I was fortunate to go to Mountain Jam in Castkill, NY. This was a lot of fun because it was extraordinarily accessible (interpreters, and front of the speakers experience along with courteous staff). One thing I noticed was that stage managers, lighting crew and all of the tech support staff DID NOT include anyone with disAbilities. We have graduated a number of Deaf Theater majors that can perform ...more »

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Grants for People with Disabilities

There are some fantastic grants out there now for parents who want to further their art. I think that it would be really helpful to have something similar for pwd - grants to help carve time to write, or to pay for art supplies/cameras/etc. It's an enormous struggle to get set in a profitable cycle - because to be able to afford the time to complete the work, and to afford the necessary supplies, you have to work. And ...more »

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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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"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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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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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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Training Programs for the next Generation of access Leaders

Many college graduates I encounter in the arts and art therapy disciplines have no idea that working in a studio enviorment with diverse populations may be a career option as well as working with the community, educating Corporations in inclusive practices and community groups to better understand the whole population and those who struggle to connect in a community. We have started a specialized training program for ...more »

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