Seeing is believing. Even today, there is not easy access to art made by people with disabilities (film, television, literature, art, dance, even comic books!). It isn't in textbooks, it isn't on television. There is no "collection" or history to show that we do exist and do create and that it IS a viable option for a career. Not a solution, just a problem/question - Is there a way to highlight the "greatest" and make ...more »
For any program, seek and receive assistance and endorsement from widely-known, highly-respected, disabled artists. Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, etc.
Edit: Here's another. Eric Clapton! British but hey.
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 »
My name is Kitty Lunn, Artistic Director of Infinity Dance Theater in New York City. I am a disabled dancer using a wheelchair. I have a hard time finding qualified dancers for my Company, because disabled people aren't given the same training opportunities as their non-disabled peers. I won't put someone on stage simply because they have a disability. It would be very helpful if State Vocational Rehab specialist ...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 »
Lobby for a new "Federal Art Project" like the Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The New Deal program was funded under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. Jackson Pollock got his start under that program. "One particular success was the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, which started in 1935 as an experiment that employed 900 people who were classified as unemployable due to their age or disability.:164 ...more »
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 »
Funding is a challenge for all emerging artists, even more so for those w/ disabilities. Having more sources of funding specific artists w/ disabilities will go along way towards helping the careers of professional artists.
Art and Artisan training with community artists sharing skills to produce art products for sale in an effort towards earned income
The Museum Accessibility Consortia (MAC) in New York should be replicated in rural locations. MAC is a great resource for inclusive programing.
We need to change our perception of the labor market value of skills gained through study of Fine Arts and Humanities. With tuition costs so high, can we blame college students (or their parents) for choosing the more lucrative majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines? Can something be done concurrent with a Program for Disabled Artists to fix the problem with tuition debt and high ...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 »