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 »
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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ROUGH DRAFT:I live with disabilities that are not able to be seen by others. Please take a moment to think about what that would feel like for you to experience. My disabilities are not invisible to my service dog, yet they are to other humyns.. The invisibility of my illnesses causes many problems for me in my daily life. Ironically, it would be so easy to remedy this struggle for all of us with invisible disabilities. ...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 »
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 »
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 »
Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 (LCA2.0) in an innovative initiative adopted by the Clinton Global Initiative as a two-year commitment to action in three areas: 1) increased employment in front of and behind the camera/keyboard/microphone ad stage: 2) improve authentic disability portrayals across delivery platforms AKA "The Disability Narrative Imperative" working with The ADA Legacy Project's "DisBeat" and disability ...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.
Cultural trends are directing us towards more inclusive environments where disability is simply part of the mix, adding to the diversity of the place! Our young people are growing up with more inclusion and they making better choices about their siblings and children for education and long term care, etc. This is an opportunity for arts/accessibility issues to jump on a trend and encourage these trend setters to push ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »