Arts in Action
November 19, 2009
Earlier today, the NEA announced the Indiana Arts Commission as the recipient of the 2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award for their outstanding accessibility work in creating access to careers in the arts for people with disabilities. With their $30,000 NEA competitive grant, the Indiana Arts Commission will continue to expand their support for artists with disabilities.
The Indiana Arts Commission is helping to ensure even more opportunities for American artists through the three ways that art works: artists of every background should have the opportunity to create new art works; they should participate in all the ways that art can work to expand us as human beings and knit together our communities; and perhaps most importantly, they should have the chance to be working artists who are part of this country?s real economy.
These opportunities should exist for artists with disabilities in the same ways that they should exist for all artists. The mission of the NEA is to support excellence in the arts and arts education, and to bring the arts to all Americans. In order to be successful, we need to continually engage with all of this country?s artists and arts workers.