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news & event iconSelf-Employed Occupations Drive Indiana's Creative Economy
(April 24, 2017)   The Indiana Arts Commission's first research review of the state’s creative economy and employment impact shows a much higher rate of self-employment than the national average.

news & event icon‘You Didn't Sound Handicap Over The Phone:’ An Interview with Andy Imlay
(February 6, 2017)   The Evansville comedian's YouTube series "Cripple in the Corner" features episodes such as “Will Fried Food Cure Cerebral Palsy?”

news & event iconEverybody Is a Work of Art
(December 6, 2016)   Photographer Nathaniel ("Than") Boutelle was interviewed at the 2016 annual conference of Self Advocates of Indiana. "My dream would be to open my own art gallery and my own photography business."

news & event iconUnmasking with Jody Powers
(December 6, 2016)   "After 5 years of holding back, I started this blog." The writer from Muncie, Indiana has rediscovered her voice with posts about life with a disability, self-acceptance, and her Christian faith.

news & event iconCareers in the Arts National Online Dialogue
(December 6, 2016)   A report from two federal agencies describes a June 2016 online conversation, with hundreds of participants, about progress in supporting arts employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

news & event iconFrom Artist to Children's Book Illustrator
(October 28, 2016)   Carla Mann will have her artwork featured in a new children’s book. Mann is a client at Stone Belt, a service provider for individuals with developmental disabilities in south central Indiana.

news & event iconPeople with Disabilities "Find Themselves Erased" in Movies
(September 23, 2016)   A report released this month by the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative has incorporated, for the first time, a qualitative analysis of film portrayals of characters with disabilities.

news & event iconHow Byron Smith Schooled the Educators
(August 4, 2016)   Byron was the first blind student to attend elementary school in Bloomington. He went on to a career in radio broadcasting at Indiana University.

news & event iconIndianapolis Painter of Deaf Themes Puts Down His Brush
(August 3, 2016)   Warren Miller’s bold and vibrantly colored images on themes of deaf culture, experience, and history have been featured on "Switched at Birth" and in Deaf Life magazine.

news & event iconLawrence Carter-Long on the Media, Arts, and Disability
(June 27, 2016)   New digital formats are allowing artists with disabilities to bypass the traditional cultural gatekeepers, says Carter-Long. "We're seeing a change in the types of stories that are being told."

news & event iconBecoming Belgium: A Poem by Nadine Pinede
(June 27, 2016)   Pinede's poem was written after the March 2016 terrorist attacks in Belgium, where the former Bloomington poet and writer recently emigrated.

news & event iconArtsWORK to Co-Sponsor "Invitation to Dance" on May 19
(February 11, 2016)   The never-before-told coming out story of disabled people staking their claim to "equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!" will be screened at Bloomington's Creative Aging Festival.

news & event iconFree Improv Class for Teens on the Autism Spectrum and Teachers
(February 8, 2016)   Improvisational theater provides a safe and creative environment for teens to develop communication and social skills. At the Monroe County Public Library starting March 4.

news & event iconFunds Awarded to Commission Work by Artists with Disabilities
(October 16, 2015)   A Fort Wayne foundation's grant to The Arc of Indiana will pay artist commissions for work hung in Muncie's Courtyard by Marriott hotel rooms.

news & event iconAutism Unveiled: Two Young Indiana Artists
(August 10, 2015)   Thomas Ostrowski kept his autism a secret until college. Now he makes experimental films. Chelsea Dub uses her art to challenge society’s perceptions of marginalized communities.

news & event iconActors Who Live Their Roles Daily
(August 7, 2015)   The “Nobody Needs to Know" theater project has been profiled in The Indianapolis Star. The initiative aims to reduce stigma around mental health issues.

news & event iconWhat is Your Art Story?
(July 9, 2015)   The National Endowment for the Arts wants you to share your story of how the arts have influenced your life. Let's make sure the national arts story includes people with disabilities!

news & event iconImproving Your Life With Autism by Chris Hodge
(July 8, 2015)   "When I first got diagnosed with a form of autism, there wasn't much to read about the condition and there was even less about how to live with it," says the Indianapolis author.

news & event iconNew Grant Opportunity for Indiana Artists Announced
(July 8, 2015)   Individual artists of all disciplines can apply for up to $3,000 in Arts in the Parks bicentennial project funding. Hoosiers with disabilities may choose to apply in the Artist Access category.

news & event iconArts Participation Patterns of Americans with Disabilities
(June 9, 2015)   NEA research offers the first nationally representative comparison of rates at which people with and without disabilities create art, perform, attend arts events, and engage in arts leisure activities.

news & event iconNew Improvisation Camp for Teens on the Spectrum
(May 1, 2015)   Camp YES, AND combines a camp experience for teens with teacher professional development. Improvisation skills help with relationships and social cues, flexible thinking, and communication.

news & event iconCultivating Talent: A Report on Improving Access to Arts Careers
(February 17, 2015)   A new report describes accomplishments of a multi-year, national program that supported partnerships across the disability and arts communities in Indiana and other states.

news & event iconCall for Commissioned Art for Hotel in Muncie IN
(February 13, 2015)   The Arc of Indiana Foundation is seeking artists with disabilities to create artwork for the new Courtyard by Marriott Muncie. Each of the 150 guest rooms will display a piece of original artwork created by an artist with a disability.

news & event iconColumbus Artist Gives Wings to Dance Production
(February 5, 2015)   Paul Neufelder's designs were featured in the Dancers Studio, Inc. production, "Of Heaven and Earth," performed in Columbus on January 16th.

news & event iconIndianapolis Museum of Art Offers Touch and Audio Descriptive Tours
(February 5, 2015)   Designed for people who are blind or have low vision, the free, accessible public tours of the museum's collection are scheduled on Saturdays, monthly.

news & event iconPoetry Shines Light On Nadine Pinede’s Invisible Disability
(December 19, 2014)   In a WFIU Radio feature, the author discusses the impact of illness on her writing and reads her poem "Known By Her Scars." Pinede served as an artist facilitator and grantwriter for ArtsWORK Indiana.

news & event iconColumbus Artist Nicolas Lyford-Pike is Subject of Video
(December 1, 2014)   The young artist is featured in an online video that highlights his paintings and the story of how art has transformed his life. Lyford-Pike, who is deaf and has autism, lives in Columbus, Indiana.

news & event iconNew York Museum Exhibits Work by Artist with Down Syndrome
(October 28, 2014)   "Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound" at the Brooklyn Museum is a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of complex fiber sculptures made by the Cincinnati-born artist (1943–2005).

news & event iconKristina Johnson Receives National Award for AccessIndy Program
(September 22, 2014)   The Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Awards recognize emerging leaders whose work furthers the field of accessibility.

news & event iconSoaring with Community Art: Elder Heart
(August 28, 2014)   A nonprofit based in Nashville, Indiana raises awareness of veteran suicide through community art projects. Former Green Beret Magnus Johnson is the group's founder and president.

news & event iconWoman Directs Documentary About Working With Her Aides
(July 2, 2014)   Respect: The Joy of Aides is Eva Sweeney's 20-minute film exploring the relationship between people with disabilities and the individuals hired to help them.

news & event iconYoung Louisville Dancer Hired as Dancing Wheels Apprentice
(June 4, 2014)   Kristen Knabel, who uses a wheelchair, is relocating to Cleveland, Ohio to work with a professional, physically integrated dance company.

news & event iconWorks of Arc, an Online Gallery
(May 12, 2014)   The Arc of Indiana offers an internet venue to display and sell the art work of Indiana artists with developmental disabilities.

news & event icon"As High as the Sky" Independent Feature Film Release
(April 24, 2014)   Writer/Director Nikki Braendlin says she wanted to explore both the roots of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which she knows first-hand, and paths to its healing.

news & event iconThe Arc of Indiana 2014 Entrepreneur Grants
(April 10, 2014)   A new state-wide initiative will help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Indiana achieve their dreams of owning their own businesses.

news & event iconA Self-Advocate Business Owner: "Up for the Challenge"
(April 1, 2014)   Daylin Ward used to work in a sheltered workshop. Now he has started both jewelry and beekeeping businesses. An interview with Ward appears in the March 2014 issue of The Riot!

news & event iconCall for Artists on the Autism Spectrum: “Hidden Talents" Art Expo
(February 21, 2014)   The “Hidden Talents: Celebrating Abilities Through Exposition” Art Expo in April will showcase the art and talents of individuals on the autism spectrum from all over the state, in a variety of media.

news & event iconFrom Special Ed to Author, Speaker, and Engaged Citizen
(February 10, 2014)   In a video interview Melissa Draper talks about going to school as a child in Monticello, Indiana and the rewards of publishing her story in the Author House book, Follow Your Dreams.

news & event iconCall for Indiana Artists, Performers and Writers with Disabilities!
(February 7, 2014)   WFIU, the Bloomington-based public radio station, is launching a year-long series focusing on artists across the state who are living with disabilities of all kinds.

news & event iconVideo Spotlight: TED Talk by Comedian Maysoon Zayid
(January 9, 2014)   "I got 99 problems... palsy is just one," quips Zayid. "If there was an Oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal. I'm Palestinian, Muslim, I'm female, I'm disabled and I live in New Jersey."

news & event iconWoman Discovers Art during Stroke Recovery
(November 4, 2013)   During her months of rehabilitation in a Bloomington nursing home, without the use of her hands, Lesamarie Hacker created dozens of paintings. She had never painted before.

news & event iconSeeking Photos of Your Art
(October 1, 2013)   If you are a Hoosier artist with a disability of any kind, your art images or performance photos are wanted!

news & event iconArts Mentoring Publication Now Available
(September 16, 2013)   Arts Mentoring & You is a free guide outlining a series of workshops on how to get the most from a mentor. The material is geared towards emerging artists, performers, and writers with disabilities, who may have less access to mentoring opportunities.

news & event iconArtist Warren Miller Launches E-Store
(September 9, 2013)   The pop art influenced Indianapolis artist depicts aspects of Deaf culture and history in his vibrantly hued paintings. The painting at left is titled "Sean Forbes."

news & event iconJaehn Clare: Skills and a Passion for Social Change in the Arts
(August 28, 2013)   Jaehn Clare is nationally known for 30+ years of work as a theatre artist, teacher, and arts administrator. She is seeking to lend her considerable experience to new endeavors.

news & event iconWilliam Pratt, Greene County's Artist-Blacksmith
(July 30, 2013)   The owner of William Pratt Studios of Bloomfield, Indiana was recently highlighted in the Greene County edition of NewsBarb.

news & event icon"Veterans Antiquities Creates Community for Service Members" a Star Feature
(July 30, 2013)   This "veteran-centric arts initiative" and retail store, as well as some of its participating veteran artists, are profiled in an Indianapolis Star article.

news & event iconNew Indianapolis Museum of Art Program for People with Alzheimer's Disease
(July 2, 2013)   The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter has announced the launching this fall of a program that will allow individuals with early-stage dementia to enjoy art exhibits and socialize with their care partners.

news & event iconMuseum Accessibility: Recent Grad is Passionate and Prepared
(June 21, 2013)   "In a weird way, losing my hearing actually prompted me to get a Master’s degree in Museum Studies." Kris Johnson's goal is to be employed where she can use her expertise in access and inclusion.

news & event iconIndiana Artists with Disabilities Talk About Their Careers
(June 19, 2013)   Warren Miller and Judy Champa were featured in a national webinar sponsored by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sharing their challenges and successes in arts-related employment.

news & event iconStone Belt's New Art Abilities Program for Youth and Community Playback Theatre Troupe
(April 10, 2013)   Youth classes in visual and dramatic arts will be offered, and a theatre troupe for people with and without disabilities is forming in Bloomington.

news & event iconNEA Funds Diversity Exhibition "The Striped Show"
(December 7, 2012)   The Council on Developmental Disabilities in Louisville has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a group art exhibition that will include works created by artists with disabilities.

news & event iconFilled with Joy and Defining Disability: Jody Powers
(November 9, 2012)   An article about Muncie author Jody Powers was recently featured in the Star Press. Two weeks later the newspaper published her thoughts on its profile of her.

news & event iconYouTube All Stars: Performers with Disabilities Exploit Web Video
(October 5, 2012)   Josie Byzek's article in New Mobility Magazine looks at performing artists with disabilities using the internet screen as their venue of choice.

news & event iconArts Mentoring and You in Bloomington
(September 25, 2012)   South Central ArtsWORK Indiana's series of workshops for emerging artists with disabilities is underway. Participants are learning how to get the most from a mentor.

news & event iconTurning an Arts Interest into a Business
(September 1, 2012)   "Supported Self-Employment as a Career Option for Individuals with Disabilities" by Corey Smith and Russell Sickles includes the story of "Polka Mike."

news & event iconArtists with Disabilities Highlighted in Indiana Publication
(July 1, 2012)   The latest issue of Spark, a bimonthly publication of the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, is dedicated to the Arts and Creativity.

news & event iconArts Employment: 2 Studies Describe Economic Impact on Regions & Individuals
(July 1, 2012)   Americans for the Arts released findings from an impact study of regions including Indianapolis and Bloomington; A national project of Indiana University offers data on how arts graduates are faring.

news & event iconColumbus Teaching Artist Heading to Thailand
(June 26, 2012)   In his talk at Bloomington City Hall, "Thailand or Bust! Arts Ambassador on a Mission," Paul Neufelder described plans for a year-long traveling arts residency based in Bangkok.

news & event iconWriting for the ArtsWORK Indiana Website Wins Award
(June 8, 2012)   The Woman's Press Club of Indiana has recognized Kendal R. Miller for her contribution to our series View from the Field.

news & event iconStrategic Planning Summary
(May 30, 2012)   Over several meetings this winter, a committee of ArtsWORK Indiana stakeholders met to discuss the future of the group.

news & event iconAn Invisible Geography
(May 25, 2012)   Nadine Pinede, the former Artist Facilitator and a grantwriter for South Central ArtsWORK Indiana, has a poetry chapbook soon to be published.

news & event iconGrant Awarded to Offer Mentorship Training
(April 16, 2012)   The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community has received funding on behalf of South Central ArtsWORK Indiana to offer mentorship training for emerging artists with disabilities in the greater Bloomington area.

news & event iconCreating a Website, Part Two
(April 5, 2012)   "Having a new website not only boosted my professionalism as a photographer, but gave me a renewed confidence as a business owner," writes Kendal R. Miller.

news & event iconCreating a Website, Part One
(March 5, 2012)   "Creating and maintaining a web presence to showcase your artwork is essential for today’s artist," says Dillsboro photograher Kendal R. Miller. Miller's 2-part article is the last installment in our View From the Field series.

news & event iconWriters Group Now Meeting in New Albany
(February 14, 2012)   "We meet twice a month, critique our work, share, and grow as writers," says the group's organizer Sandy Olson-Hill.

news & event iconOvercoming the Artist’s Need for Approval
(February 6, 2012)   Jody Michele Powers authored the fourth article in our View from the Field series.

news & event iconPhotographing Artwork
(January 24, 2012)   How to best capture that painting or sculpture? Allan Yates has prepared detailed information for artsworkindiana.org on taking photographs of 2 and 3 dimensional art.

news & event iconMagazine Publishing 101
(January 6, 2012)   Jody Michele Powers has written the third article in our View from the Field series.

news & event iconNovel about Woman with Cerebral Palsy by Muncie Author
(December 14, 2011)   Jody Powers received an Indiana Arts Commission grant last year. Now you can read her e-book. Unmasking is her first novel. "I wanted to shed light on some unique issues that people with disabilities face."

news & event iconPromoting Your Arts Business-101
(December 8, 2011)   "If you want to make money, it won’t happen if you keep your business a secret—go promote!" Kendal R. Miller offers the second article in our series, View From the Field.

news & event iconThe New and Improved ArtsWORK Website!
(November 3, 2011)   Welcome to a re-modeled ArtsWORKIndiana.org. ArtsWORK Indiana hasn't changed, but our website has. The site has an updated look and a more user-friendly design.

news & event iconFeatured Artist: Ethan Crough
(October 18, 2011)   Columbus resident Ethan Crough is a strong advocate for people with dwarfism. With years of performing arts experience, he has tales to tell and lessons to share.

news & event iconFinding Success in Acting, Sans Stereotypes
(October 18, 2011)   "It takes guts to create a career path in the performing arts that you can live with." In the first of a series written by artists affiliated with ArtsWORK Indiana, Ethan Crough maps out the paths he and others have taken as actors with dwarfism.

news & event iconNina McCoy Named Interim Chairperson
(June 20, 2011)   We are pleased to announce that Indianapolis artist Nina McCoy is providing temporary leadership for ArtsWORK Indiana.

news & event iconNew ArtsWORK Indiana Brochure
(June 1, 2011)   It's free! Download or request print copies.