“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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Art of the Soul: An independent expressive arts center providing art therapy services to clients in the greater Indianapolis area.
Audiences Unlimited, Inc.: Creates cultural experiences in longterm care facilities, hospitals, and community settings that enrich the lives of people with limited access to the arts in Fort Wayne and Allen County.
Awareness of Mental Health through the Performing Arts: Creates awareness of mental health issues by providing education and insights through the performing arts. Co-sponsors the Shining Light Film Festival in Indianapolis.
Diversity Theatre: Seeks to increase awareness of social issues involving race, ethnicity, homelessness, age, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. Co-sponsors the annual MOSAIC Diversity Film Festival in Bloomington.
Elder Heart: Employs, educates and empowers veterans. Based in Nashville, IN, Elder Heart produces public art to heal our community and expose the suicide epidemic among veterans.
Veterans Antiquities: A veteran arts initiative. Revenue from the online and Indianapolis retail operations supports programs for dependent veterans and veteran artists.
Association of Indiana Museums: Click on AIM Members List.
Indiana Coalition for the Arts: INCA's mission is to assist in grassroots and direct lobbying to promote public funding, legislation and policy favorable to the arts.
Young Audiences of Indiana: Empowers children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education.
The IAC website provides contact information for these agencies:
South Shore Arts
Community Foundation of St. Joseph Co.
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Community Foundation of Randolph County
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Columbus Area Arts Council
Vanderburgh Community Foundation
Community Arts Program at Hanover College
IndianaArts.org: A statewide website providing listings for art-related organizations and businesses, as well as artists.
Americans for the Arts Database of Local Arts Agencies
Go to Resources and click on Your Local Arts Agency. Search national database by town/city.
Greater Indianapolis Area: Click on Organizations.
Lafayette and 14-County Region: The Tippecanoe Arts Federation website lists over 100 organizations in Lafayette and 14 counties.
Wabash Valley: Click on Artists and Arts Organizations on the Arts Illiana website for arts organizations in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.
Festival Network Online: Search the database for hundreds of Indiana festival sponsors.
Indiana Festival Guide: Free online guide from the Indiana State Festivals Association.
BEAD News: Event listings and news items for the greater Bloomington area.
Region 8 news blog published by Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, an Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.
Columbus Area Arts Council: Arts news and events for Bartholomew and 8 other counties.
Arts Council of Southern Indiana: Monthly online and e-newsletter.
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana: News, Community Events Calendar for Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Subscribe to e-newsletter.
The Indiana Arts Commission publishes ArtsEye and Arts:92 newsletters.
Find other Indiana arts groups in Resources By Discipline (visual arts, music, etc.)
See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
Go to People in the Arts
Gina Soo Golden is a painter from Indianapolis, Indiana. “I like to mix realism and surrealism.” “I aim to give a visual definition of feelings one could never quite describe with words,” she has written in her artist statement. Pictured above: The Gray Room.
read more about Gina Golden
Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana. Pictured above: Toyota Avalon.
read more about Nicolas Lyford-Pike
Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Rub-a-Dub.
Wug Laku is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. "My art is about ideas and finding the purest, simplest ways of expressing them," he says. Pictured above: Earth Poems.
read more about Wug Laku
Stu Johnson specializes in Central Indiana subjects, from black and white shots
of architectural landmarks, to picture-postcard fall landscapes, to
prints of trucks and buses digitally enhanced with tie-dye colors.. Pictured above: The Ruins.
read more about Stu Johnson
Louisville, KY artist Susan Gorsen has exhibited her art in New Albany and served as Artist-Facilitator for ArtsWORK New Albany. Pictured above: Blue Moon.