1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

Create Grants Mentor Program; Hold Workshop for Disabled Artists

Consider creating a Grants Mentor Program to help interested disabled artists determine specific artistic goals, resource needs, planned or proposed projects (taking into consideration any needs or limitations due to the disability). Mentors can help identify programs and resources that might help meet those needs based on factors such as discipline and geography. Resources could include grant programs, but also may expand ...more »

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4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

Isolated & Unsupported

Where I am geographically located there aren't programs that can provide any support for my specific disabilities. A lot of programs are specific to locations or specific to certain disabilities. I'd like to see more online support for artists with disabilities. I'd specifically love to see a forum or forums for artists, caregivers, and program staff to share resources and regional events, so this dialogue can go on ...more »

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2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

Include "disability"

This is probably a very simple item but one that isn't done often enough. Include Disability. For arts organizations, arts service organizations, arts agencies, and arts funders, when doing outreach, creating programs, projects, or funding the same please: 1. SPECIFICALLY include disability in the list of "diversities" welcome to apply (beyond women, minorities etc). Use the word. 2. Do outreach to places and groups ...more »

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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Arts Grants must considern artists with disabilitie

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.

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1. Challenges and opportunities for Careers in the Arts

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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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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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Artists with disabilities teaching art

It is said that "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." I disagree with this whole heartedly! It is my opinion that one of the greatest ways to promote artists with disabilities is to have them teach art. I personally am not a fan of being labeled as an artist with a disability, because art is my primary therapy for overcoming said disability, and I know that isn't possible for all artists, but why make a special ...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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3. Identity, Disclosure, and Representation in the Arts

Disabled Culture, Pride & the Affect it Has on Art

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 »

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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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5. Success Stories and Positive change

Revealing Culture Exhibition at the Smithsonian International

In 2010 VSA International put together a wonderful and empowering exhibition of artists with disabilities at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C. The exhibition design was done by famous designer with a disability, Michael Graves. My artwork was selected for this show along with many others. Being part of that exhibition did more for my art and morale. It gave artists with disabilities a voice and in an important ...more »

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