“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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High Art! Billboard Art Contest
(December 10, 2013) Warren Miller's painting "Revolution" was selected as one of 20 semi-finalists in a competition sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Vote online for your top 5 choices.
Woman Discovers Art during Stroke Recovery
(November 4, 2013) During her months of rehabilitation in a Bloomington nursing home, without the use of her hands, Lesamarie Hacker created dozens of paintings. She had never painted before.
Arts Mentoring Publication Now Available
(September 16, 2013) Arts Mentoring & You is a free guide outlining a series of workshops on how to get the most from a mentor. The material is geared towards emerging artists, performers, and writers with disabilities, who may have less access to mentoring opportunities.
Apply for an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission
(October 29, 2013) Artists with disabilities can choose to apply in the Access category. Eligible disciplines: visual arts, photography, design, media, crafts and related folk arts. Deadline 2/7/14.
Seeking Photos of Your Art
(October 1, 2013) If you are a Hoosier artist with a disability of any kind, your art images or performance photos are wanted!
Artist Warren Miller Launches E-Store
(September 9, 2013) The pop art influenced Indianapolis artist depicts aspects of Deaf culture and history in his vibrantly hued paintings. The painting at left is titled "Sean Forbes."
Jaehn Clare: Skills and a Passion for Social Change in the Arts
(August 28, 2013) Jaehn Clare is nationally known for 30+ years of work as a theatre artist, teacher, and arts administrator. She is seeking to lend her considerable experience to new endeavors.
William Pratt, Greene County's Artist-Blacksmith
(July 30, 2013) The owner of William Pratt Studios of Bloomfield, Indiana was recently highlighted in the Greene County edition of NewsBarb.
"Veterans Antiquities Creates Community for Service Members" a Star Feature
(July 30, 2013) This "veteran-centric arts initiative" and retail store, as well as some of its participating veteran artists, are profiled in an Indianapolis Star article.
New Indianapolis Museum of Art Program for People with Alzheimer's Disease
(July 2, 2013) The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter has announced the launching this fall of a program that will allow individuals with early-stage dementia to enjoy art exhibits and socialize with their care partners.
Museum Accessibility: Recent Grad is Passionate and Prepared
(June 21, 2013) "In a weird way, losing my hearing actually prompted me to get a Master’s degree in Museum Studies." Kris Johnson's goal is to be employed where she can use her expertise in access and inclusion.
Indiana Artists with Disabilities Talk About Their Careers
(June 19, 2013) Warren Miller and Judy Champa were featured in a national webinar sponsored by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sharing their challenges and successes in arts-related employment.
Stone Belt's New Art Abilities Program for Youth and Community Playback Theatre Troupe
(April 10, 2013) Youth classes in visual and dramatic arts will be offered, and a theatre troupe for people with and without disabilities is forming in Bloomington.
NEA Funds Diversity Exhibition "The Striped Show"
(December 7, 2012) The Council on Developmental Disabilities in Louisville has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a group art exhibition that will include works created by artists with disabilities.
Filled with Joy and Defining Disability: Jody Powers
(November 9, 2012) An article about Muncie author Jody Powers was recently featured in the Star Press. Two weeks later the newspaper published her thoughts on its profile of her.
YouTube All Stars: Performers with Disabilities Exploit Web Video
(October 5, 2012) Josie Byzek's article in New Mobility Magazine looks at performing artists with disabilities using the internet screen as their venue of choice.
Arts Mentoring and You in Bloomington
(September 25, 2012) South Central ArtsWORK Indiana's series of workshops for emerging artists with disabilities is underway. Participants are learning how to get the most from a mentor.
Turning an Arts Interest into a Business
(September 1, 2012) "Supported Self-Employment as a Career Option for Individuals with Disabilities" by Corey Smith and Russell Sickles includes the story of "Polka Mike."
Artists with Disabilities Highlighted in Indiana Publication
(July 1, 2012) The latest issue of Spark, a bimonthly publication of the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, is dedicated to the Arts and Creativity.
Arts Employment: 2 Studies Describe Economic Impact on Regions & Individuals
(July 1, 2012) Americans for the Arts released findings from an impact study of regions including Indianapolis and Bloomington; A national project of Indiana University offers data on how arts graduates are faring.
Columbus Teaching Artist Heading to Thailand
(June 26, 2012) In his talk at Bloomington City Hall, "Thailand or Bust! Arts Ambassador on a Mission," Paul Neufelder described plans for a year-long traveling arts residency based in Bangkok.
Writing for the ArtsWORK Indiana Website Wins Award
(June 8, 2012) The Woman's Press Club of Indiana has recognized Kendal R. Miller for her contribution to our series View from the Field.
Strategic Planning Summary
(May 30, 2012) Over several meetings this winter, a committee of ArtsWORK Indiana stakeholders met to discuss the future of the group.
An Invisible Geography
(May 25, 2012) Nadine Pinede, the former Artist Facilitator and a grantwriter for South Central ArtsWORK Indiana, has a poetry chapbook soon to be published.
Grant Awarded to Offer Mentorship Training
(April 16, 2012) The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community has received funding on behalf of South Central ArtsWORK Indiana to offer mentorship training for emerging artists with disabilities in the greater Bloomington area.
Creating a Website, Part Two
(April 5, 2012) "Having a new website not only boosted my professionalism as a photographer, but gave me a renewed confidence as a business owner," writes Kendal R. Miller.
Creating a Website, Part One
(March 5, 2012) "Creating and maintaining a web presence to showcase your artwork is essential for today’s artist," says Dillsboro photograher Kendal R. Miller. Miller's 2-part article is the last installment in our View From the Field series.
Writers Group Now Meeting in New Albany
(February 14, 2012) "We meet twice a month, critique our work, share, and grow as writers," says the group's organizer Sandy Olson-Hill.
Overcoming the Artist’s Need for Approval
(February 6, 2012) Jody Michele Powers authored the fourth article in our View from the Field series.
(January 24, 2012) How to best capture that painting or sculpture? Allan Yates has prepared detailed information for artsworkindiana.org on taking photographs of 2 and 3 dimensional art.
Magazine Publishing 101
(January 6, 2012) Jody Michele Powers has written the third article in our View from the Field series.
Novel about Woman with Cerebral Palsy by Muncie Author
(December 14, 2011) Jody Powers received an Indiana Arts Commission grant last year. Now you can read her e-book. Unmasking is her first novel. "I wanted to shed light on some unique issues that people with disabilities face."
Promoting Your Arts Business-101
(December 8, 2011) "If you want to make money, it won’t happen if you keep your business a secret—go promote!" Kendal R. Miller offers the second article in our series, View From the Field.
The New and Improved ArtsWORK Website!
(November 3, 2011) Welcome to a re-modeled ArtsWORKIndiana.org. ArtsWORK Indiana hasn't changed, but our website has. The site has an updated look and a more user-friendly design.
Featured Artist: Ethan Crough
(October 18, 2011) Columbus resident Ethan Crough is a strong advocate for people with dwarfism. With years of performing arts experience, he has tales to tell and lessons to share.
Finding Success in Acting, Sans Stereotypes
(October 18, 2011) "It takes guts to create a career path in the performing arts that you can live with." In the first of a series written by artists affiliated with ArtsWORK Indiana, Ethan Crough maps out the paths he and others have taken as actors with dwarfism.
Nina McCoy Named Interim Chairperson
(June 20, 2011) We are pleased to announce that Indianapolis artist Nina McCoy is providing temporary leadership for ArtsWORK Indiana.
ArtsWORK Logo Available for Download
(June 2, 2011)
New ArtsWORK Indiana Brochure
(June 1, 2011) It's free! Download or request print copies.