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Opportunity Highlights

Please note sponsors; These opportunities are not necessarily associated with ArtsWORK Indiana.

British Council & Unlimited International Arts Placement

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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Opulent Mobility 2016

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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Expressions of Hope Calendar

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 Deadline: 5/13/16.
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2016-2017 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

(Re) 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 thematic ideas. 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 of excellence. Sponsored by The Kennedy Center’s office of VSA & Accessibility. Deadline: 6/1/16. 
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Open Call for Artists and Presenters with Disabilities

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 >

National Database of Actors with Disabilities

In 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 >

Works of Arc, an Online Gallery

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 >

Can Do Musos

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.

Setting Up Success for Visual Artists

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 also:
Financial Support for Arts Careers
Indiana Arts Organizations
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