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The Outlook: Arts occupations will increase on average by 11% through the year 2018. So say the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, as synthesized in a report by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Companies’ need to reach an increasingly technology-savvy consumer is growing.” Multimedia artists, animators, and illustrators will be in demand due to widespread adoption of digital advertising formats. Skilled writers are required for the online publications, websites, and newsletters businesses will use to attract customers.
Vigorous job growth is also projected for museum technicians and conservators, curators, landscape architects, interior designers, and architects.
Jobs in creative fields cover the full range of performing, literary, and visual arts. These careers include work "behind-the-scenes" such as sound technician, proofreader, gallery assistant, music therapist, dance teacher, or box office manager.• 60% of artists and related workers in the U.S. are self-employed.
People with disabilities contribute their talents to many fields in the arts. Available statistics suggest that about 4% of artists in the U.S. labor force have disabilities. Some choose to have a visible identity as an artist with a disability, others prefer not to. No one says making a living in the arts is easy. The obstacles are doubled for those facing physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. But this hasn't stopped determined individuals with significant and diverse types of impairments. They are pursuing an income from doing what they're passionate about. Read about People with Disabilities in the Arts.
Putting Creativity to Work
Cultivating Talent: Improving Access to Arts Careers for Artists with Disabilities
Arts Mentoring and You
Developmental Obstacles to Careers in the Arts for Young Persons with Disabilities
National Arts & Disability Center at UCLA
NEA Office for Accessibility
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Department of VSA and Accessibility at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts
VSA Webinar Archive
ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana)
Indiana Arts Commission: Accessibility Resources