This just in from the Indiana Arts Commission... Arts Commission announces career opportunities workshops for artists with disabilities (Indianapolis, Indiana) The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today the remaining schedule of statewide workshops for careers in the arts for people with disabilities. The five free workshops will be held in Muncie, Indianapolis, Richmond, Columbus and Valparaiso. The Creative Connections Workshop series, which began March 6 in New Albany, is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and ArtsWORK Indiana, the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, and VSA arts of Indiana. The project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA. "The Creative Connections Workshops will provide tips, tools and resources for pursuing a career in the arts, with a focus on disability issues," said Kristina Davis-Smith, IAC community development manager / accessibility coordinator. "All workshops are free and open to individuals with or without disabilities. Information will be geared toward those who work or are interested in working in arts-related fields." Each workshop will be moderated by Chris Karson, chairperson of ArtsWORK Indiana. Karson, a founder and creative mind behind the multi-arts ensemble, The Wheelchair Monologues, will educate attendees on the free resources available at www.artsworkindiana.org. A local artist with a disability will provide insight on tips and resources from their personal experiences. "We are especially pleased by the partnership support at the local level in each of the communities hosting workshops," Davis-Smith said. "A total of 16 organizations, including arts organizations, disability service providers, colleges, local government and community centers will be involved in the series demonstrating the commitment these partners have to career development in the arts." Each workshop will offer special accommodations for people with disabilities. If services such as sign language interpretation or large print materials are required, please RSVP as soon as possible. See the following list for contact information for each workshop. Muncie, April 7, 2009 12:30 1:30 p.m. Location: Hillcroft Services, Employment Service Center, 4105 N. Walnut St., Muncie Registration: RSVP by April 2 to Arts Place at 260-726-4809. RSVP as soon as possible for special needs Speakers: Author, Jody Powers, ArtsWORK Indiana Chairperson Chris Karson Partner organizations: Arts Place, Inc., Hillcroft Services Indianapolis, April 8, 2009 1:00 2:00 p.m. Location: Indianapolis Art Center, Ruth Lilly Library, 820 E. 67th St. Registration: RSVP as soon as possible to Kristina Davis at 317-232-1279 or email@example.com. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Please advise of other special accommodations as soon as possible. Speakers: Artist and gallery owner, Wug Laku, ArtsWORK Indiana Chairperson Chris Karson Partner organizations: Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Resource Center for Independent Living, Arts Council of Indianapolis Richmond, April 9, 2009 12:30 1:30 p.m. Location: Blind Ambition Gallery, 817 E. Main St., Richmond Registration: RSVP by April 2 to Arts Place, Inc. at 260-726-4809. Please advise as soon as possible for special accommodations. Speakers: Artist and gallery owner Joyce Wittenauer Acton, ArtsWORK Indiana Chairperson Chris Karson Partner organizations: Arts Place, Inc., Richmond Art Museum Columbus, April 17, 2009 10:00 11:00 a.m. Location: Columbus City Hall, Cal Brand Room, 123 Washington St., Columbus Registration: RSVP by April 10 to Columbus Area Arts Council, 812-376-2535. Please advise of special needs by April 2. Speakers: Artist Paul Neufelder, ArtsWORK Indiana Chairperson Chris Karson Partner organizations: Columbus Area Arts Council, Stone Belt, Inc. Valparaiso, April 24, 2009 2:00 3:00 p.m. Location: Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso Campus (Community Room), 3100 Ivy Tech Dr., Valparaiso Registration: RSVP by April 17 to Donna Catalano at 219-836-1839, ext. 104 or donna@SouthShoreOnline.org. Please advise of special needs by April 10. Speakers: Artist Kevin Hanusin, ArtsWORK Indiana Chairperson Chris Karson Partner organizations: South Shore Arts, Opportunity Enterprises, Inc. For more information about the workshops, visit www.IN.gov/arts.