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- Sponsored by the by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, VSA Arts and administered by the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California, Los Angeles

State arts agencies in partnership with the VSA affiliate in their state are invited to apply for support to convene a Statewide Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. The purposes of the Statewide Forums are to (1) assess the education and career needs and barriers for artists and arts administrators with disabilities; and (2) develop and implement strategies to overcome barriers and advance careers in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The specific focus and activities to be conducted will be responsive to the career-related opportunities and challenges of artists with disabilities within the individual states.

The Statewide Forums would:

*Provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to be engaged in decision making roles in policies and programs that affect their lives;

*Empower artists and administrators with disabilities to pursue their careers in the arts;

*Encourage partnerships with individuals, state and community agencies, and organizations to expand resources and enable solutions to identified problems;

*Form a network of artists with disabilities and collaborators; and

*Educate policymakers.

State arts agencies must submit their application in partnership with the VSA affiliate in their state. For a listing of VSA affiliates see http://www.vsarts.org/affiliates/ Applications will be accepted for project periods up to 12 months on a competitive basis. Projects must be completed by 12-30-02.

This pilot program will support three Statewide Forums. Applicants may request support for up to $12,650 to organize a planning committee, convene a forum, summarize proceedings and disseminate the information to arts groups throughout their state, as well as organizations that serve people with disabilities.

Application Due Date: October 15, 2001

For Additional Information and Application, visit http://nadc.ucla.edu/StatewideForums.htm or contact Olivia Raynor, Director, National Arts and Disability Center University of California, Los Angeles 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 3310 Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967 Email oraynor@mednet.ucla.edu Voice/relay 310-794-1141

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