Not everybody is lucky enough to live in a community that supports the arts, let alone have an arts organization that meets the needs of engagement, enrichment, and interaction for people with disabilities. One must do a bit of researching to unearth these precious commodities:
Creative Clay - Saint Petersburg, Florida
The website boldly touts, “Making the Arts Accessible for All.” Artists may have physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities to participate in the “Community Arts Program”, which provides the mentorship of a professional artist to enrolled members. Artwork may be selected to be part of the Good Folk Gallery, and artists are entitled to receive 50% commission for any of their artwork that is sold. Creative Clay accepts Medicaid waiver to help fund membership opportunities, or self-pay at $65 a day. A limited number of scholarships are also available for those who are interested in applying for membership.
Opening Minds, Opening Doors - Austin, Texas
“Opening Minds, Opening Doors” is one of the programs offered through the organization VSATX.org, “The State Organization on Arts and Disability.” The “Opening Doors, Opening Minds” program equips people who have disabilities with public speaking skills, acting, and storytelling, as a means of self-expression and self-advocacy. What is particularly special about this program is that it enables people with disabilities to connect with other people, build confidence, travel to speak to others, and change the way society perceives disabilities and the people who have them.
Magic Wheelchair - A non-profit organization in Oregon
“Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families.”
Individuals may apply for the program for children with reduced mobility in their lives. The organization hosts a few events, such as “Comic-Con” in San Diego on July 19-22, 2018, and “Walker Stalker” in Atlanta, Georgia on October 26-29, 2018. Volunteers create epic costumes, such as Star Wars characters, fantasy, and cartoon-themed creations.
Music Therapy and Wellness Clinic at CSUN - Northridge, California
The program offers music therapy to children and adults with disabilities, such as physical disabilities, mental and emotional disorders, and developmental delays and learning disabilities. The clinic touts the benefits of music therapy:
- Musical enjoyment and creative expression.
- Self-confidence boosting.
- Development of fine and gross motor skills.
Interested individuals may contact the clinic at CSUN via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites for nonprofit organizations such as the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offers a multitude of references and links for those interested in participating in the arts.
Today’s technology makes it easier to find organizations and services for individuals with limited mobility. A good starting point in your efforts is locating notable regional and national organizations, like NIAD (Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development) and ArtsMidwest.org.
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