“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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South Central ArtsWORK Indiana Satellite Group Meeting
McCloskey Conference Room, Bloomington City Hall
Presenter: Paul Daily, Artistic Director at Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
Attending: Antonia M., Cori M., William P., Alice S., Diana R., Allan Y., Paul S.;
Coordinator: Nadine Pinede; Partner Representatives: Miah Michaelsen, City of Bloomington, and Jane Harlan-Simmons (recording), Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC).
Jane introduced our new Artist-Facilitator Nadine Pinede, a Bloomington writer. Attendees introduced themselves and answered Nadineâ€™s question "What is your great challenge right now?" New participants included Alice and Paul, illustrator/writer and illustrator, William, a 3-dimensional artist from Greene County, and Diana, a staff member of Citizen Advocacy of South Central Indiana (CASCI).
Paul Daily talked about Opportunities for Artists and Performers at the new Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, where he is the Artistic Director. The Center offers opportunities forâ€¦â€¢Performing artists: The facility has 2 performance spaces seating 90 and 200 people. The community has a priority period for scheduling dates for use of the space, then the schedule is opened up for Ivy Tech to reserve dates. Teaching: Contact Ivy Techâ€™s Susie Graham, the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 330-6247. Volunteering: the performance groups using the Waldron can always use volunteers.
Paul also mentioned another Ivy Tech resource unrelated to the Waldron, the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. The Center provides "practical tools for individuals who wish to start a business, further develop or expand a new idea within a current business or pursue coursework to better understand entrepreneurial practices."
Contact Paul at email@example.com or (812) 330-6240.
Meeting dates are scheduled through the end of the Creative Networks Project grant period in September 2011. The City is continuing to make the McCloskey Conference. Room available for our meetings at 5:30 on the fourth Tuesday of each month. If the group wants to continue in some form beyond September, weâ€™ll find a way to do that.
Exciting plans have been made for future presentations:
Diana says that there are several individuals associated with CASCI who are involved in art. She hopes they can participate in our meetings. She distributed brochures for CASCI, which has a fundraiser coming up at the Showers Bed & Breakfast. Contact CASCI at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cori relates that she sold her first painting!
William recommended the CafÃ© website that has calls for entry. He is entering the SHIFT competition and could use some help with the required images for the application.
Nadine recommends the online resources for artists at NYFA.org and the Foundation Center.
Antonia is a member of the Writers Guild of the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington . The next meeting of the Guild is Saturday. Get to the I.U. Art Museum by 2:50 pm for admission to the building.
William mentioned that Sculpture Trails, an outdoor sculpture museum in Solsberry, is in need of an all-terrain vehicle that could make the area more accessible to people with disabilities. He will spread the word about our group to others in Greene County.
Paul and Alice have a website of their work at www.paulsharp.com. Alice got a certificate in web skills from IU that enabled her to create the site. An online resource for illustrators to show their art is theispot.com
Miah: In addition to the City hosting our meetings, she reminds us that she is a resource for the regional arts partner grants, individual consultations for artists, and subscriptions to BEADâ€™s free weekly e-newsletter: email@example.com
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:00 pm.
Need to get in touch? Contact Nadine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jane at 855-6508.