“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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As of May 2011, Indianapolis artist Nina McCoy is providing temporary leadership for ArtsWORK Indiana, taking over the reins from Wug Laku. As ArtsWORK Chair for the past two years, Wug has been a great asset to our group. He has brought valuable, practical experience as a self-employed visual artist and gallery owner to this position, as well as his extensive connections within the Indianapolis art scene. He will continue to serve as Coordinator of the Creative Networks initiative through the end of the project this year. Thank you Wug!
In addition to her identity as a fine art painter, Nina McCoy's impressive credentials include her work in a variety of administrative capacities as both a professional and volunteer. This spring she completed her project "Re-envisioning the Sacred Circle," funded by an Individual Artist grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Welcome, Nina!