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reVISION will be a tactile art exhibit of works by regional artists that explore the world of art through the eyes of the visually impaired and re-examines the traditional gallery presentation as a tactile, auditory and spatial experience. Creating work specifically for this show, sculptors, textile artists, painters and new-media artists will be encouraged to challenge both themselves and visitors to re-imagine the boundaries of art the way one experiences it. reVISION will be held at the Indiana Interchurch Center Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana in March and April 2017. Proceeds from the event benefit the education and early intervention of infants and toddlers who are blind or have low vision throughout Indiana. Sponsored by Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).
Download the VIPS reVISION call for art >
Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
More about VSA musicians' competition >
Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a
single word, they can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world.
Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society
where diversity is embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of
this change by submitting your original art to this 14th annual international outdoor juried art exhibit in Sarasota, Florida, featuring 45
billboard-size images measuring 16 feet (5m) wide by 12.5 feet (4m) high. Each
work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting
their interpretation of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” Deadline 1/10/17.
More about Embracing Our Differences >
"We welcome contributions from autistic/neuro-atypical persons." Deadline 2/28/17.
Find details about the call for Autism narratives >
"We are always collecting submissions here at The Art of Autism." The Art of Autism is the website of an international organization based in California.
How to submit visual art and blog postings to The Art of Autism >
An international organization was recently established to promote and support musicians with disabilities from all over the world. "We are looking for passionate musicians with challenges to profile on our website and be a part of this unique new organisation. So far we have attracted people from Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela." Musicians with disabilities can submit the online form located on the Can Do Musos homepage.
A free webinar sponsored by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, has been archived for your viewing convenience. Presenter: Sonja Cendak, Artist Services Assistant Manager, Office of VSA & Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Intended Audience: Organizations that want to provide better technical assistance to beginning visual artists or to established artists who want to make the transition to the more public, commercial art world.
Download a "Quick Links" document from the presentation >
View the archived webinar (you must have Windows Media 9 or higher) >
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
Mark Smith lives in Brazil, Indiana. He is a trained artist who served in the military as a medic in combat and other missions. Pictured above: "Anima Animus."
more about Mark Smith >
Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana who is deaf and has autism.
more about Nicolas Lyford-Pike >
Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Miller's painting "George Veditz."
Melissa Draper recalls that in school "they automatically labeled me as special education. They just stuck me right into that label." Now she is the author of a memoir, Follow Your Dreams and is a public speaker. She lives in Monticello, Indiana.
more about Melissa Draper >
Allan Yates lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Above: Photograph taken at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, copyright Allan Yates.
more photography by Allan Yates >
New Albany, IN artist Thaniel Ion Lee has exhibited his art at Swanson Contemporary in Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast, among other galleries. Pictured above: The Mountain Valley.