Forget any reference to a disability. Art shows should just mix-in the art from those with disabilities along-side the rest of the art. At the end of the day, what does it matter that the artist has a disability? It is the Art we are judging. It's the only way to put their work on a "fair" footing with the rest of the artwork. The disabled artists I know don't want their work purchased out of pity; they want it ...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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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 »
Grant proposals and diversity studies often do not include. I am looking at a recent (two months ago) 80 page study made by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that is defines diversity as racial or cultural. Artists with disabilities never seriously (if at all) enters into the discussion made by the scholars putting together this lengthy study.