Free Book on Art Careers for People with Disabilities

Nearly two-thirds of people with disabilities are unemployed. VSA Arts, with the help of the Social Security Administration and the American Express Corporation, has created a free book aimed at correcting that situation. Called Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities, the book can be downloaded in PDF format from the VSA Arts website.

Putting Creativity to Work is written for visual, literary and performing artists with disabilities. It contains practical information designed to help readers build a career that is creative and challenging. More than 110 arts-related careers are described. The book also contains biographies of 25 artists with disabilities and reveals personal strategies these artists used to succeed.

Chapters include:

  • Knowing What’s Right for You
  • Your Career Options in the Arts
  • The First Step Toward a Successful Career – Training, Education and Experience
  • Getting More Education and Professional Experience
  • Getting Financial Aid for Education
  • Assistive Technology for Education and Work
  • Jumpstarting Your Career
  • Making a Good First Impression
  • Job Search Basics
  • The Self-employment Option
  • Mapping the Road to Success
  • Successfully Navigating Your Chosen Path
  • Basic Benefit Issues for Artists with Disabilities
  • Working with Your New Employer

Business and Professional Resources for Literary, Performing and Visual Artists as well as a bibliography are contained in the book.

VSA Arts, formerly known as Very Special Arts, was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith. It is an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.