Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

People with disabilities may find challenges and barriers to employment in the arts as artists and arts administrators, and/or in promoting their own artistic practice. What career preparation strategies would you recommend for people with disabilities seeking employment or self-employment in the arts, as artists or other cultural workers? We are looking for your ideas on the available resources and strategies for artists to promote their work, existing professional development opportunities, resources and strategies for acquiring and retaining public benefits and healthcare, and resources for accommodations in work and school.

In addition, please share your ideas and comments for the following: resources that assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers and challenges and provide career preparation and opportunities in the arts field, effective tools or resources for networking and job searching, and resources for educators to supplement their existing curricula in arts education programs to include disability arts representation and narratives.

Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

Traditional Art in Oil and water coloring and Online Art Program

The problem getting a degree in art is the cost of get a bachelors in art, The materials cost are prohibitive because quality materials are expensive and costly because the cheaper material tends to be me more wasteful when you use it For Graphics and CAD programs the equipment runs $2000 alone and the software is another $2000 so it is not exactly cheap if you want the premium programs. Oils, water colors, acrylics ...more »

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Resources and Training for HR Professionals/Recruiters

Does anyone know of resources/training specifically targeted for HR professionals and recruiters to include people with disabilities for employment in their cultural institution? This might be resources that were not intended for the cultural workforce, but could be adapted. Also, in addition to general audience vehicles, are there any great vehicles to specifically advertise positions for the community of people with ...more »

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Role of Technology in Accessibility

Technology has provided a new way for accessibility to be a priority for employees and employers. Are there specific apps or programs that are important for employers to be familiar with in order to ensure disabled employees feel welcomed, comfortable, and successful? For example, what programs exist to facilitate virtual workspaces which make work environments more accessible?

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GrantsNetworkingPostEducation

I would like to see more support for artists to continue once they've graduated. It would be extremely helpful to have a "one stop shop" for displaying work, applying for competitions/grants and networking to enable those individuals who graduated from art college to develop into a successful artist post graduation. On a personal note, after graduate school, it was extremely difficult to continue working in the arts and ...more »

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Students w/disabilities low participation in school Arts program

Observation, as it relates to students with disabilities and their "participation" in school arts programs. Their participation is low or non-existent because school arts programs are student selected and band/chorus/dance/theatre/etc teachers do not recruit for student participants. Many students with disabilities do not sign up to participate in school arts programs. One understandable reason is low self-esteem/confidence. ...more »

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Disclose or not disclose disability in cover letters

Resources for crafting effective cover letters that address such disability-specific questions as how to phrase space access and/or tech-based accommodation requests include: “Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter” posted by careers adviser Susanne Christian on a cover https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters/example-of-how-to-disclose-a-disability-in-a-cover-letter ...more »

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Have Casting Discussions

People with disabilities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, especially pertaining to the performing arts. I think there is not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to take the stage. I think we really should have an open discussion and carefully make a casting decision with inclusion.

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Job-seeking tools

Starting out on a job search is a challenging undertaking for even seasoned professionals. It can seem even more daunting and overwhelming for a young person just starting out, particularly one who not only has to deal with age inexperience, but with a disability as well. While every job seeker in the arts — regardless of whether or not they have some type of disability — needs professional-quality presentation tools ...more »

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Tips to help students w/disabilities create portfolios

Sometimes arts educators and job trainers do not have sufficient knowledge of or experience with helping students with disabilities in creating portfolios that incorporate special accommodations by that student to present that work in the most professional manner possible. Would anyone share any guidelines and/or examples of tips for educators on creating portfolios in the various areas of the arts that are specifically ...more »

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