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The UK-based organization Unlimited is offering a placement for a disabled person who is based outside of the UK and who is working or beginning to work as an arts producer, arts curator or arts administrator. The placement is for 10 weeks, approximately 6 weeks of which will be spent in the UK, including September 2016 at the Unlimited Festivals at Southbank Centre, London and Tramway, Glasgow. This is a paid opportunity, with travel expenses, living expenses and costs for access covered. Deadline: 5/23/16 12 noon GMT.
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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? Deadline: 6/30/16 at 5 pm PST.
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Conquer Cancer Foundation's 2017 Expressions of Hope Calendar is a opportunity for anyone who has been affected by cancer - patients, family members, friends and caregivers - to share their hope through art and submit to the calendar. A variety of mediums will be considered including oil, watercolor, charcoals, acrylics, pencil, pen and ink, and crayon among others. Submission is free. Contact Tyler Woods at 571-483-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 5/13/16.
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Invention: Art + Innovation + Disability + Design is a juried
exhibition of emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, that aims
to showcase artwork created at the intersection of technology,
innovation, and disability. We’re asking: “How have technology and
innovation shaped your life in terms of your art and your disability?
How has our global move toward technology inspired a re-discovery of
traditional or analog arts, or a new take on existing artistic
practices?” Through your art, we want to see how you interpret these
The grand prize winner (first place) is awarded
$20,000! Second and third place winners receive $10,000 and $6,000
respectively, and the remaining 12 artists receive $2,000 each in awards
Sponsored by The Kennedy Center’s office of VSA & Accessibility. Deadline: 6/1/16.
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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."
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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.
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Allan Yates lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Above: Photograph taken at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, copyright Allan Yates.
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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.