“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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Artist Professional Development Series: A series of free workshops sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Primary Colours, designed specifically for the emerging career artist. Past topics have included tax and copyright issues, basic business practices, photographing slides for submissions, writing grant proposals and more.
Arts Place, Inc: Offers an ongoing series of technical assistance workshops for artists and arts providers. Located in Portland, Arts Place, Inc. is a regional arts organization serving East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. For more information, contact the Arts Place.
CAR: Chicago Artists Resource: The CAR website has lots of information that will also be of interest to arts professionals outside of the Chicago area. The Creatives at Work Forums CAR sponsors are usually recorded and archived on the website. Subscribe the their free e-newsletter for useful updates.
Business of Art Articles: From NYFA Source (all disciplines). Articles on the following topics: Careers, Exhibiting & Performing, For Art Students, Fundraising, Housing & Studio, Insurance, Legal, Marketing, Money, Web Site Development, and more.
"Getting the Right Insurance Coverage" provides information about business insurance for artists, on The Craft Emergency Relief Fund+ website.
Liability Insurance: From Fractured Atlas. Members are eligible to purchase insurance coverage for arts events and film productions, at reduced rates. Membership fee.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Click on Resources for sources of information on the following topics: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Contracts, Entity Formation, For Profit, and Nonprofit.
Living and Working with Disabilities: IRS Publication 3966: Presents basic information about existing tax credits and benefits that may be available to qualifying taxpayers with disabilities. Publication 3966 en Espanol.
Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities: IRS Publication 907 provides information about aspects of tax law that may be of interest to people with disabilities: income, itemized deductions, tax credits, and household employees. More detailed than #3966 above.
IRS Live Telephone Assistance: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Individuals: call 800-829-1040. People with hearing impairments: call 800-829-4059 (TDD).
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Check the website or call 1-800-906-9887.
Taxpayer Advocate Service: An IRS service for individuals to address taxpayer problems not resolved through normal IRS channels, assisting taxpayers who are facing hardships, and identifying issues that impact taxpayer rights. See more information in IRS Publication 1546. Call the service at 877-777-4778 or 800-829-4059 (TTY/TTD).
See also: Self-Employment (including Health Insurance resources).
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.