“Don't pursue a career in the Arts unless you love the Arts truly, madly, deeply. And do not have any delusions about what awaits you both in educational settings, and in the job market. …If you think you're gonna get a break because you have a disability, think again. …You better be the best you can be at what you do, and do not allow yourself to use your disability as an excuse NOT to work continually and consistently towards total professionalism and high standards of quality.”
-- Jaehn Clare, professional theatre artist, from "A Career as an Artist Ain't an Easy Row to Hoe," keynote address for The Art of Employment: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities on March 25 & 26, 2002 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN.
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Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
The mission of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) is to foster communities that welcome, value, and support the participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education and practice. Affiliated with Indiana University, the IIDC comprises seven Centers that address issues of disability across the life span.
Indiana Arts Commission
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) advocates arts development opportunities across the state, and stewards effective use of public and private resources for the arts. It stimulates public interest in, and participation with, Indiana's diverse arts resources and cultural heritage. The IAC works to enhance public awareness of the arts, life-long learning opportunities, and arts education programs.
VSA Indiana (VSAI) is a statewide nonprofit organization and an affiliate of VSA arts, an international educational program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1980, VSAI has been a statewide leader in providing access to lifelong learning and creative expression through the arts for people with disabilities in Indiana.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. NEA funding supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
National Arts & Disability Center at the University of California in Los Angeles
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC provides information to artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students.