VSA Minnesota has provided services, information and occasional funding opportunities to artists with disabilities living in the state who seek to advance their artistic pursuits. This includes:
- Exhibiting opportunities;
- Performing opportunities;
- Emerging Artist Grant Program;
- Referral to groups of artists with disabilities around the state;
- Referral to organizations that provide arts programming for individuals with disabilities.
In addition, VSA Minnesota publishes news relevant to and about artists with disabilities.
VSA Minnesota has not been a space where artists with disabilities come to do their work. Rather, it is a center of information and resources that people can access through a phone call, email message or office visit. Staff are ready to assist individuals who are active in visual arts, music, writing, acting, dance and photography. Our service to people with disabilities has included:
- People who are blind or have low vision;
- People who are Deaf or hard of hearing;
- People with cognitive or intellectual disabilities;
- People with emotional disabilities;
- People with physical disabilities;
- People with medical conditions and invisible disabilities.
Artist Support Groups in Minnesota
The Open Flow Forum is a Twin Cities group for artists with and without disabilities that meets monthly on “First Thursdays.” Open Flow provides artists with an opportunity to bring samples of their visual art, poetry, music, memoir, photography or other art form to share and discuss in an informal, supportive, fragrance-free setting. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share or to contribute a small donation to cover treats.
Where: Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Ave. S. (between Cedar & Bloomington, one block south of Lake Street) in Minneapolis.
Access: Wheelchair-accessible building & restrooms. Fragrance-free policy so everyone can participate.
First Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
2019: Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5.
Beginning in September 2019, Springboard for the Arts will email Open Flow notices, as well as distribute the Artists’ Pipeline newsletter. If you’re currently interested in the meetings or subscribed to the newsletter, nothing will change, and you won’t be required to take any additional steps. There may be some small format changes to the look of the newsletter, but otherwise, it will cover the same news and information about artists with disabilities and making the arts accessible to people with disabilities. You’ll still be able to submit your listings via the Springboard for the Arts website, or by emailing Andy at Springboard directly: email@example.com.
Facilitator Tara Innmon: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Andy Sturdevant (Springboard for the Arts, 651-294-0907, email@example.com);
Dan Reiva: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kip Shane: email@example.com;
Arrowhead Alliance of Artists with Disabilities (AAAWD)
AAAWD’s mission is to promote awareness, standing, community, and opportunity for artists with disabilities in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota (in and around Duluth). The group is not currently having regular meetings. For more information about AAAWD, go to AAAWD on Facebook.
We-R-Artists is a group of artists with disabilities based in St. Cloud which has met for several years to offer support, share current projects (artwork, writing, music, etc.), meet other artists, network on marketing, sales and other art connections, and join in art-making workshops. The group is not currently meeting. For more info: Sheri at 320-230-9412 or firstname.lastname@example.org