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Title: A Key to Careers in the Arts for Individuals with Disabilities


1
A Key to Careers in the Arts for Individuals
with Disabilities
2
VSA arts of Florida
  • Mission
  • to create a society where people with
    disabilities can learn through, participate in
    and enjoy the arts.

3
VSA arts
  • VISION of an inclusive community
  • STRENGTH in shared resources
  • ARTISTIC expression that unites us all
  • Promoting the creative power in people with
    disabilities

4
VSA arts
  • Founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith
  • VSA arts has offices in 43 states, the District
    of Columbia and 60 countries
  • An affiliate of the Kennedy Center for the
    Performing Arts

5
VSA Programs
  • Program Partners
  • Professional development
  • Artist residencies
  • Technical support to arts, disability and
    education organizations
  • Universal Design and Cultural Access
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • In 2005-06 VSAFL served 45 counties and directly
    served 150,000 Floridians

6
VSA arts of Florida
  • The VSAFL Artist Registry is a statewide roster
    of artists with disabilities using all media
    types.
  • The registry was developed in 2001, from a grant
    by the Able Trust Foundation, to promote artists
    with disabilities who live in Florida.

7
People First Language Speaking with Awareness
  • USE
  • People with disabilities
  • People who use wheelchairs or wheelchair user
  • People who are blind or have low vision
  • People who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • DONT USE
  • The handicapped
  • Confined to a wheelchair or wheelchair bound
  • The blind
  • Deaf and dumb or mute

8
What does it take to have a career in the arts?
  • Skills
  • Business plan (for self employment)
  • Resume/portfolio
  • Resources technical, financial

9
Why is VSAFL involved?
  • 2005 VSA arts of Florida was awarded a National
    Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant.
  • Statewide focus groups outcomes
  • Acceptance of the arts as a career
  • Professional development is needed to prepare for
    a career in the arts
  • A career in the arts is valuable

10
Why is VSAFL involved?
  • In 2006 VSAFL received a second NEA grant to work
    with state, public and private organizations to
    increase understanding of the viability of a
    career in the arts.

11
Careers in the Arts
  • What is a career in the arts?
  • Who is a professional?
  • You make money with your art or by working in
    arts-related fields.
  • You apply your talents, skills and interests in
    creative ways.
  • The ability to get your art or art interests to a
    level where they can make money for you.

12
FACT
  • There are an estimated 38,000 arts businesses
    in the state of Florida - employing over 162,000
    employees.

13
Education and Training
  • Requirements vary depending on career choice
  • Comprehensive study
  • Technical training
  • Practical experience

14
Work Context and Earnings
  • Artists work in many areas
  • For profit
  • Not for profit
  • Self employment
  • Artists traverse in and out of these sectors.

15
Barriers to Careers
  • Pamela Walker, an artist with a disability,
    contends all artists require a multi-layered
    array of opportunities to develop their careers
    which include
  • funding, training and education, showcase
    opportunities, work experience, peer support and
    networking opportunities.

16
Additional Barriers…..
  • Lack of access to the arts community
  • Architectural and programmatic
  • Limited access to training and education
  • Financial
  • Art careers are discouraged by parents, schools
    and the community

17
Career Opportunities
  • Art careers may offer personal satisfaction and
    lifestyle choices that go beyond monetary rewards

18
Careers in the Arts go beyond creating artwork…
  • People interested in the arts can work with a
    variety of organizations
  • Dance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools
  • Symphony orchestras

The jobs listed can be found on the VSA arts of
Florida Artists Registry at www.vsafl.org
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Careers in arts services include
  • Director of Arts Council
  • Fundraiser
  • Grants Manager
  • Grants Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Researcher/ Research Assistant
  • Arts Administrator

20
Careers in Literary Arts
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Author
  • Book publishing editor
  • Copy editor
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Greeting card writer
  • Journalist/reporter

21
Careers in Literary Arts
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Proofreader
  • Screenwriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Technology Documentation Specialist
  • Translator

22
Performing Arts
  • Music
  • - Music groups
  • - Orchestras
  • - Composing arranging
  • - Recording and playback equipment
  • - Recorded music sales
  • - Studios
  • - Concert management
  • - Instruments (manufacture distribution)

23
Performing Arts
  • Theatre
  • - Professional companies
  • - Amateur companies
  • Dance
  • - Dance companies
  • Opera
  • - Opera companies
  • Performers
  • - Entertainers
  • - Actors

24
Performing Arts
  • Services and Facilities
  • - Costumes/scenery rental
  • - Theatrical producers
  • - Casting and booking agents
  • - Ticket agencies
  • - Performing arts centers
  • - Dance halls studios
  • - Theatrical equipment

25
Film, Radio and T.V.
  • Motion Pictures
  • - Production
  • - Distribution
  • - Services
  • - Equipment
  • - Theatres
  • - Video tape rentals

26
Film, Radio and TV
  • Television
  • - Stations
  • - Producers
  • Radio
  • - Stations
  • - Producers
  • - Disc Jockeys

27
Visual Arts
  • Crafts
  • - Stone, clay glass
  • - Jewelry
  • - Stained glass
  • - Textiles
  • - Home furnishing crafts
  • Fine Arts
  • - Artist studios
  • - Art galleries

28
Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • - Studios
  • - Commercial photography
  • - Photo finishing labs
  • - Equipment
  • Supplies and Services
  • - Studio assistant
  • - Floral designer
  • - Framer
  • - Web site designer

29
Environmental and Product Design
  • Architecture
  • - Architects
  • - Architecture supplies
  • Design
  • - Product Display
  • - Commercial Industrial
  • - Interior Designer
  • - House/ Landscape

30
Art Schools Services
  • Arts Councils
  • Schools Instruction
  • - Art schools
  • - Arts crafts instruction
  • - Dance schools and instruction
  • - Music drama schools
  • Agents
  • - Agents brokers
  • - Patents licensing

31
ASSISTIVE TECHOLOGY
  • Any item or piece of equipment with its services
    which is used to increase, maintain, or improve
    the functional capabilities of individuals with
    disabilities.

32
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT
  • Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals
    with Disabilities Act of 1988 (The Tech Act)
  • Was repealed and replaced with the Assistive
    Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act)
  • Most recent reauthorization 2004

33
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT
  • The purposes of the ATA are
  • To support states in sustaining and strengthening
    the AT needs of individuals with disabilities
  • To support the investment in technology across
    federal agencies and departments that could
    benefit individuals with disabilities
  • To support micro-loan programs to individuals
    wishing to purchase AT devices or services

34
FAAST
  • Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and
    Technology www.faast.org
  • 1 in 14 Floridians has a disability.
  • Device Loan Program
  • AT Bay
  • New website where people can buy, sell, or give
    away assistive technology.
  • AT Bay is a free service.
  • Recycle AT Reuse of AT is emerging as one of the
    ways to make AT more available.

35
JAN
  • Job Accommodation Network www.jan.wvu.edu
  • Provides individualized worksite accommodations
    solutions
  • Provides technical assistance regarding ADA and
    disability legislation
  • Educates callers about self-employment options

36
How does VSAFL work with Voc Rehab?
  • Common question
  • Does this artist have the ability and skills to
    pursue a career in the arts?

37
Partnering With Voc Rehab
  • VSAFL can link the client to professionals in
    specific areas for evaluation.
  • VSAFL can also provide local resources for
    training and other related services.

38
Resources
  • Putting Creativity to Work
  • Through this guide, vocational counselors will
    find many valuable resources.
  • This book can be obtained by visiting ssa.gov (
    ICN 342351)

39
Information for this presentation
  • 2002 Statewide Forum on Careers in the Arts
    Report and Recommendations
  • University of Tennessee Career Services
  • Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Putting Creativity to Work

40
  • 3500 E. Fletcher Avenue, Suite 234
  • Tampa, Florida 33613
  • 1-888-844-ARTS
  • www.vsafl.org
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