“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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Since 1984, the program has identified talented musicians who have a disability. Up to four outstanding musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Deadline: 1/27/14
More information about VSA International Young Soloists Call for Entries >
We are looking for work from people with neurological, psychological, communicative or social disabilities with the aim of showcasing the talent of these communities. Poetry, Fiction, Personal Essays, Music, Artwork, Comedy and more.
More information about The Perspectives Collection >
Inspired is a new Indianapolis-based magazine with kids as its contributors.
More about Inspired >
A new 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A free webinar sponsored by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, has been archived for your viewing convenience.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.
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View the archived webinar (you must have Windows Media 9 or higher) >
*Temporarily offline while resources are being updated.
See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
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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.