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Gallaudet University invites applications from DeafBlind individuals to participate in a two-week institute funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This institute, on May 15-27, 2017, will develop models for theater by DeafBlind people for DeafBlind people. Participants will workshop an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by DeafBlind writer John Lee Clark. At the end of the institute, participants will stage a short performance.
Up to six participants will be accepted. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 each. Transportation to DC and room/board on campus will be provided as needed. Mobility orientation will also be arranged as needed.
Sighted volunteers fluent in ASL are also welcome.
More information about ProTactile Institute >
will be a tactile art exhibit of works by regional artists that explore
the world of art through the eyes of the visually impaired and
re-examines the traditional gallery presentation as a tactile, auditory
and spatial experience. Creating work specifically for this show,
sculptors, textile artists, painters and new-media artists will be
encouraged to challenge both themselves and visitors to re-imagine the
boundaries of art the way one experiences it. reVISION will be held at
the Indiana Interchurch Center Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana in
March and April 2017. Proceeds from the event benefit the education and
early intervention of infants and toddlers who are blind or have low
vision throughout Indiana. Sponsored by Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).
Download the VIPS reVISION call for art >
Superfest showcases films that celebrate disability as a creative and generative force in film and culture. We screen films for over 500 people each year and host filmmakers from around the globe. Be a part of this powerful international event, submit your film today! Works must be on the subject of disability, feature a prominent disabled character, OR be directed, written and/or produced by a person with a disability. Feature-length and short films eligible. Presented by The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Deadline: 2/28/17
More about Superfest >
A major international wine distributor is partnering with The Art of Autism in using art from several United States artists on the autism spectrum for wine sleeves. They are seeking abstract art that has a feel of colors used in wine and wine making. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your art. They will be purchasing the art.
Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
More about VSA musicians' competition >
Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a
single word, they can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world.
Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society
where diversity is embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of
this change by submitting your original art to this 14th annual international outdoor juried art exhibit in Sarasota, Florida, featuring 45
billboard-size images measuring 16 feet (5m) wide by 12.5 feet (4m) high. Each
work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting
their interpretation of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” Deadline 1/10/17.
More about Embracing Our Differences >
"We welcome contributions from autistic/neuro-atypical persons." Deadline 2/28/17.
Find details about the call for Autism narratives >
"We are always collecting submissions here at The Art of Autism." The Art of Autism is the website of an international organization based in California.
How to submit visual art and blog postings to The Art of Autism >
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.
See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
Go to People in the Arts
Mark Smith lives in Brazil, Indiana. He is a trained artist who served in the military as a medic in combat and other missions. Pictured above: "Anima Animus."
more about Mark Smith >
Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana who is deaf and has autism.
more about Nicolas Lyford-Pike >
Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Miller's painting "George Veditz."
Melissa Draper recalls that in school "they automatically labeled me as special education. They just stuck me right into that label." Now she is the author of a memoir, Follow Your Dreams and is a public speaker. She lives in Monticello, Indiana.
more about Melissa Draper >
Allan Yates lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Above: Photograph taken at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, copyright Allan Yates.
more photography by Allan Yates >
New Albany, IN artist Thaniel Ion Lee has exhibited his art at Swanson Contemporary in Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast, among other galleries. Pictured above: The Mountain Valley.