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Arts and Culture: Arts Organizations


Disabled Artists Network is a large network of independent self employed disabled artists. The organization offers technical assistance and no start up fee to assist disabled artists to place their artwork on-line. If an artist sells their work then a commission is charged. This organization offers a great opportunity for the artist who is just starting to sell their work. You may buy art directly from the artist. This site promotes Disability Arts and Organizations involved in new research, treatments, and cures for disabling conditions.

The U.S. Handicapable Square Dance Association sponsored the First U.S. Handicapable Square Dance Convention in 1988. This Convention was held in Chickasaw, Alabama (a suburb of Mobile, Al). The Convention was started to bring Handicapable Clubs together for a convention planned exclusively for them. The majority of the dancers consist of mentally retarded people from young adults to senior citizens. They also have wheelchair clubs of non-retarded adults who attended our first two conventions, and remain in close contact with our organization. Anyone who enjoys square dancing and having a good time is welcomed into their clubs. Friends, families, and interested people provide support and participate in our activities. The conventions are now held every other year. The U.S.H. Convention is held on the fourth Friday & Saturday of July (in even numbered years). However, sometimes they have had to move the convention up or back a week in order to get facilities. For more information email: ush@ushandicapable.org

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The Disability Project is an ensemble that engages in conversation, writing, sound, movement and theatrical exercises to develop performance material around the culture of disability. With both disabled and non-disabled participants, from 18-70 years of age, the Project endeavors to empower individuals, honor their stories, spark imaginations, foster community and enhance public awareness about disability. Some of the challenges facing the participants have included spinal cord injury, blindness, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, AIDS, alcoholism, asthma, epilepsy, cancer, Polio, stroke, amputation and depression. They meet most Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm at The Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy, 4444 Forest Park Blvd., in the Central West End. For more information about this or any other at Uppity Theatre Company production,4466 West Pine Blvd., Suite 13C, St. Louis, Missouri 63108, or Phone: 314.995.4600, Fax: 314.534.6591 or please e-mail Director@UppityCo.com.

New Jersey

Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) is a non-profit organization that create systems that enable the uncompromised creative self-expression of people with the most severe physical challenges. Most of their clients do not speak or have the use of their hands. As a consequence, their thoughts and feelings remain locked within. The key to their liberation lies in the power of Art, not as therapy or recreation, but as a critical means of articulate self-expression. For the past six years, A.R.T. has developed and tested tools and techniques that allow a person with the most minimal ability to move to create subtle, exacting works of art. Their systems currently include drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. Carefully trained studio facilitators, "trackers, act as neutral arms, executing the visions of the physically challenged through laser-guided tracking and other exacting technologies. Clients indicate precise selections concerning tools, materials and placement of these materials, and trackers follow these directions with absolute fidelity. The works produced are sophisticated, rich and stylistically consistent. The high quality of the art has been recognized through numerous exhibits and awards, and garnered national media attention. To contact Artistic Realization Technologies write to 11 Whippoorwill Way, Belle Mead, NJ 08502, call (908) 359-3098, fax (908) 359-9206 or email at info@artrealization.org


Encore Studio for the Performing Arts offers an innovative, inclusive, and professional environment where all people work together in the pursuit of artistic and theatrical excellence. A professional theater company for people with developmental disabilities, the Encore mission and vision are to assist and support people with disabilities in the attainment of a professional career in the performing arts. Encore actively promotes an environment where each individual's talents, skills and abilities can be fostered and developed to reach their goal of having a career as a performing artist. Encore has since traveled all over the state of Wisconsin and beyond with a full performance schedule. With a troupe of 10 resident actors and 5 staff, Encore has produced 10 original works to date, with many more to come. Contact: Kelsy Schoenhaar, Artistic Director, 1317 Applegate Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53713, or call 608-276-9209 x226, or e-mail encorestudio@reminc.com

International Listings

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World MFPA present themselves to the public through a short biography and selection of their work. The MFPA supports up-and-coming mouth or foot painting artists by granting scholarships. Located in the Principality of Liechtenstein, the site is available in a variety of languages.

International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers (IGODAP) is a leading voice in the promotion of disability arts and culture worldwide. A collective of artists and performers who identify as being disabled or having a disability, its members are professional and amateur artists and performers of all genres. They include visual artists, screen and stage actors, dancers, comedians and humorists, musicians, singers, speakers, poets, writers, producers, directors and others working in the arts and entertainment industries. They experience physical, intellectual or learning disablement, mental illness, or a combination. In addition the Guild offers membership to those individuals and organizations who are involved in or supportive of disability art and performance.

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