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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.
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 »
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 »
A cottage industry program modeled after the historical Penland School (1920s and 1930s) and using an approach similar to that of Heifer International's "values-based, holistic and community development approach" can promote occupation in arts and crafts, improve self-sufficiency, and enhance quality of life for disabled participants and the community at large. A cottage industry program designed to encourage occupation ...more »
Improve how the other laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment (in the Arts) are enforced, too. Make sure the benefits from Federally funded programs for occupations in the arts by disabled people remain beneficial and provide equal opportunity to the disabled persons employed first. Make sure programs (those running them) commit the necessary resources to ensure equal access ...more »
Would a Special Needs (Pooled) Trust be one way to protect public benefits a disabled person gets when they want to participate in a program? This is in answer to the problem with disabled artists losing benefits they rely on if they generate income or have assets over a certain limit. Money/Income produced from sale of art by an artist might be used to fund the Trust. I'm imaging this solution as more applicable in ...more »
Make sure eligibility for participation if based on disability is only as rigorous as that required for Temporary or Permanent Disabled Parking Placard or something similar. Do not restrict participation by disabled persons to criteria of severe, long-term, total disability such as that of Social Security Administration's definition. Reason I say this is that the disability criteria and adjudication process by which SSA ...more »