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We invite you to share your art and inventions dealing with mobility, disability, and accessibility! There is no fee for submissions. This exhibit will be online, so there are no shipping charges. This is possibly the easiest and most cost-effective way to share your work! We do require both high quality and web-quality photographs of your work. The best artwork images have plain backgrounds and are in clear focus, without distracting clutter. The Opulent Mobility project is a groundbreaking collaborative effort to re-imagine mobility, disability and access. Wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetics, crutches and other assistive technology devices are part of our lives, but they’ve been left in the dust when it comes to custom design innovation and personalization. There are hundreds of thousands of designs for glasses, chairs and technology of other kinds. Why not assistive technology? See a slide show of previous entries. Deadline: 6/30/16 at 5 pm PST. More about Opulent Mobility > Go to online submission form >
Are you a student with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry? The American Association of People
with Disabilities and NBCUniversal is offering eight scholarships to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, junior, and seniors; and graduate students. All majors are welcome to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university. The scholarship will be available for the 2016 fall semester. Deadline 7/1/16.
More information and how to apply >
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention has announced its inaugural art exhibition, HE[ART] Project. Proceeds from the event benefit CHIP and its efforts of making homelessness rare, short-lived, and recoverable. Since 1996, CHIP has served as a community mobilizer, lead researcher, and homeless advocate to make an impact on homelessness in the Indianapolis community. HE[ART] Project will be an exhibition of works by regional artists to grapple with topics related to homelessness. Successful works of art will explore the similarities of those who experience homelessness and gallery visitors, breaking down common perceptions of homelessness and tearing down the boundaries between the two groups. Artists creating work for this show will be encouraged to challenge both themselves and the visitors to rethink homelessness through art. In addition to helping a great cause, artists will receive a 70% commission of the sale price. The remaining 30% will be donated to CHIP to help with our efforts in ending homelessness in Indianapolis. HE[ART] Project will be held at the Indiana Interchurch Center Art Gallery in September and October 2016, opening on Friday night, September 2nd.
Read CHIP's Letter to Artists >
Download the HE[ART] Project submission form >
Luna Luna seeks personal narratives, fiction, poetry, and art focused on Disability, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health.
Intersectional voices and experiences encouraged. Deadline 8/1/16.
More about Luna Luna call >
The Million Gimp March will take place in Washington, D.C., on October 14, 2016. “We are looking for musicians, poets, storytellers, dancers, and speakers whose voice and whose work is representative of the obstacles, barriers, battles and truths surrounding employment as it relates to disability. We want work that speaks of the discrimination and ableism that continues to keep almost ninety percent of Americans with disabilities unemployed.” Performers and presenters will receive $500 honoraria and up to $1,000 to cover expenses. More about Million Gimp March >
order to serve underrepresented performers with disabilities, Inclusion
in the Arts maintains a nationwide database of disabled actors with
experience and/or training. No fee or commissions charged. More about Inclusion in the Arts database >
The Arc of Indiana offers an internet venue to display and sell the art work of Indiana artists with developmental disabilities. Deadline: ongoing. Visit Works of Arc's website >
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.