September 2007 - November 2007: Issue 24

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Foundation Grant Application Deadline In September

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation has a vision of "Changing the Face of Disability on the Planet." The foundation works to accomplish this vision through its grant and scholarship programs. Funds are granted in the areas of the arts and advocacy to U.S. nonprofit organizations that are led by or support adults with disabilities who are 22 years of age or older. In the arts, the foundation supports programs that support professional artists with disabilities or encourage a professional environment while enhancing creativity among people with disabilities who are not professional artists themselves. In advocacy, the foundation supports programs that promote change in legislation or provide education that enhances knowledge and action to create laws and policies that will result in better lives for people with disabilities.

The foundation funds program grants only. A program grant serves a specific number of people in a set amount of time with measurable goals. Programs must demonstrate support from other foundations, corporations, and individuals in the local community. Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt under section of the 501(c) (3) IRS Code and have been in existence for two years or longer. Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 each. Visit the ELA Foundation Web site ( for complete program guidelines and application procedure. The application deadline is September 15.


Theater Company Dedicates Season To Disability

The New York theater company Nicu's Spoon is dedicating its entire current season to the theme of disability. Stephanie Barton-Farcas, Artistic Director, writes, "Each of our shows this year deals with what society labels 'disability' - but in a different way, a 'tweaked' way. And in each show we present a mesh of different talents, becoming richer by working with them. We have always worked with disabled artists as well as artists of a rainbow of colors and ethnicities, ages and genders. And still it is rare to see magnificent disabled actors being hired in this city simply for their talent." Referring to their production of Tales of the Lost Formicans, she adds, "For us as a company, a family if you will (and we are), this play continues our belief that varied and multi-racial and multi-abled, and multi-aged and multi-gendered talent should be seen on stage. If you have talent then you should be given work. Period."


New Musical: Nobody's Perfect

Nobody's Perfect is a new musical for young audiences based on the children's book by Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney. A joint world premiere by the Kennedy Center and VSA arts, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center, it will premiere at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater in October and be performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language. Nobody's Perfect will run from October 19 until November 3, 2007.


Young Woman Wins Playwright Discovery Award

The script selected as the recipient of the 23rd annual VSA arts Playwright Discovery Award is Izzy Icarus Fell Off the World, written by 15-year-old Aliza Goldstein. The play tells the story of Dove, a young photographer who turns her attention and camera to a local boy who has autism and is fascinated with birds. The play will be produced at the Kennedy Center Family Theater on September 27, 2007.


National Database Of Performers With Disabilities

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts (formerly the Non-Traditional Casting Project) is expanding its Artist Files/Online (AFO) national database for performers with disabilities. Since 1986, the Alliance has been committed to helping meet the casting needs of networks, studios, theatres, artistic directors, and independent producers. AFO has received more than 5,000 consultations from producers, directors, and casting directors from across the country.

If you are a performer with a disability and would like to be included in this national talent database at no charge, send one headshot and resume to:

Christine Bruno
Disability Advocate
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10036

To ensure proper classification in the database, include the nature of your disability and any accommodations and/or assistive devices used, along with any union affiliations. Please note: AFO accepts only professionally reproduced copies of headshots. Please do not send Xerox, fax, scanned, or e-mail copies. The Alliance also keeps a hard copy of each headshot and resume on file in its office.


The Arts Activated Conference

The Arts Activated Conference is to be held on 26 & 27 September 2007 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music - the first of its kind to be held in NSW. The theme is: Leading Examples of Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Arts. The conference is ideal for managers of arts and disability organizations, disability arts workers and artists with a disability. It will be an opportunity to participate in audience development and community cultural development seminars, as well as practical workshops in dance, theatre, visual arts and music.

Please visit the visit website for further details:

For further information contact:
Accessible Arts
Ph: 02 9251 6499 (ext 2)
Email: kmercer@aarts

Miscellaneous Job Openings And Opportunities

Visiting Research Associate - Accessibility Specialist, National Center on Accessibility (NCA), Bloomington, Indiana: This specialist will assist in providing expert information and technical assistance, conducting accessibility assessments, participating in training and education and facilitating research on the inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation, and tourism. Qualifications include a degree in parks and recreation, therapeutic recreation or related field, and 2 years' related work experience. For more information, contact Gary Robb, NCA Director, at or (V) 812-856-4422, (TTY) 812-856-4421. For more information about NCA, please visit

Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. has several job openings including Director of Education and Development Assistant. For more information go to:

The Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. has several job openings including Theatre Services Manager, Retail Manager, Accounting Assistant, and Payroll Assistant. For more information go to:

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is looking for a Production and Facility Manager. IMAGINATION STAGE, Inc., an Equity children's theatre with a 5 million + budget seeks a Production and Facility Manager (PFM) for 40,000 square foot facility (2 theatres, 375 and 140 seats). For more information go to: