“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: Kip May, Owner of May Photography in Bloomington
Attending: William P., Allan Y., Eric R., Jim W., Sean C., RJ T., Karen H., Maggie H., & Kathy M. Coordinator: Nadine Pinede; Partner Representative: Jane Harlan-Simmons, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (recording)
Attendees introduced themselves and answered the question "What is your greatest marketing challenge?" New participants included poet Eric R., quilt artist, RJ T., and musician Sean C.
We have speakers scheduled for our monthly meetings through September. All are on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm. The details can be found on our Web site. Five of our members attended the free arts careers symposium at the Indiana University School of Fine Arts on February 25th. Allan provided a brief summary of the sessions. Nadine mentioned two websites recommended by Alice and Paul Sharp, who could not attend the meeting: behance.net (for online portfolios) and cargocollective.com (for "out of the box" individual artist websites).
William described the work he has entered for the SHIFT competition and his experience with the online application process. This is an annual international juried exhibition by artists with disabilities. It was an extensive undertaking and intimidating at first. However the procedure was made "easy" by the sponsors who take account of the needs of artists with disabilities. He learned a lot about photographing his 3-D work as he prepared the required images.
Allan mentioned that April 9 is the deadline for the Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute.Maggie brought a selection of her matted photographs to share with the group. Jim and Sean have made a short video about Seanâ€™s music project. They will show it to the group at the April meeting.
Jane announced a free workshop sponsored by the Columbus Area Arts Council. >Speaker Ethan Crough is scheduled to talk about his life as an actor with dwarfism on March 24th at the Stillframes Gallery in Columbus.
Kip May of Kip May Photography spoke on the topic of Marketing Tips for the Starving Artist. Kip has generously made a digital copy of his handout available to us. It is appended to these minutes. See the handout for more details on the points below. Kip says marketing is not easy but you can do it if you think of it as a table that has several legs:
Click here to download additional information:
Allan Yates: Notes from Making Art Work: 2011 Symposium on Careers in the Arts held on 2/25/2011
Kip May: Handout: Marketing Tips for the Starving Artists