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Current News, Meetings & Events

The Artist Link Project: North Carolina Calls for Art!

Live & Local Spring Fest 2017 - RALEIGH - Registration is now open for the Artist Market curated by Artsplosure. Festival date is April 8. Deadline for entries is March 17.

Maria V. Howard Arts Center - ROCKY MOUNT - The Juried Art Show is accepting submission. All participants will be eligble for cash awards. Show runs June 9 - September 10. Deadline is March 20.

National Folk Festival - GREENSBORO - Juried handmade Arts & Crafts Market. Festival runs September 8 - 10 in Greensboro, NC. Entry deadline is March 24, 11:55pm.

ULTRALIGHT - RALEIGH - VAE is accepting submissions for ULTRALIGHT - an exhibition about disability created by artists living with disabilities. Exhibit will run May 5 - May 25. Deadline is March 27, 11:59pm

Tipping Paint Gallery - RALEIGH - Accepting submissions for Eggistentialism - an exhibit about eggs and chickens. Proceeds to benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County. Show runs throughout the month of May. Deadline is April 9

Sampson Arts Council - CLINTON - Juried photography show for entrants ages 14 and up. Show will run May 25 - July 13. Deadline is April 20.


Young Artists!!!
Opportunities from the VSA

Yo Soy... Je Suis...I Am Because You Are

This year's theme: Ubuntu
Through shared art experiences, our humanity becomes bound in the humanity of those around us. In Southern Africa this concept is called Ubuntu: a word that means "human-ness"or "humanity towards others."Colloquially, this philosophy becomes I am because you are. My humanity is connected to yours.

Deadline: June 7, 2017
Who: Children with a disability grades Pre-K - 12 (or equivalent)

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program 2017

This year's theme: Electrify!
Art should excite our senses, awaken our curiosity, and electrify our very being. It has the ability to invigorate and empower the artist and viewer alike, but just as important, art can spark empathy and ignite understanding. 

This year's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program's theme is Electrify!, and we're seeking artwork that is charged with ideas, that acts as a conduit for creative reflection on the past, explores the "now," and invokes a future full of possibility and inclusivity. 

Deadline: May 3, 2017
Who: Artists with disabilities ages 16 - 25



Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

We are proud to renew our collaboration with the 2016-2017 Arts Learning Community. Funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the program will continue to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabillities. We thank our partners in this effort:

     Arts Together     Artspace

     Cary Visual Art     CAM Raleigh

     International Focus     NC Arts Council

     NCSU Gregg Museum     NCSU Theater

     PineCone     Sertoma Art Center

     Visual Art Exchange  

Read this New York Times article about a growing trend in Fashion: Clothing design for all abilities!  





Accessible Outdoor Events

This guide provides information to assist planners, managers, operators, and building owners in making temporary events accessible to people with disabilities.Click here to check the guide out!

Career Development for Artists!

The Tennessee Arts Commission and VSA Tennessee has produced "A Guide to Career Development Opportunities for Visual and Performing Artists with Disabilities," a series of webinars for artists with disabilities. 

Each webinar includes inspiring stories from artists with disabilities, practical suggestions on career development, and descriptions of a wide variety of resources. Participants who complete the brief questionnaire at the end of each webinar will receive a certificate of completion.


Arts Access is happy to feature three pieces of literary arts focused on and/or written by people with disabilities! 

Lost in My Mind is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother,despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury.

R.V. Kuser is a profoundly autistic man who works as a Teacher, Developmental Specialist, and Autism Coordinator. He is on a lifelong quest for ways to overcome personal difficulties with communication, behavior, and cognitive perception. The strategies he has developed are detailed in this book, which is targeted (but not limited) to parents, caregivers, and educators in the special-education community.

A groundbreaking memoir about love, disability and perseverance, Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll is the unlikely story of Barton and Megan Cutter, and their journey to build a successful marriage despite others' expectations.


INDY Week - Mean Streets

INDY Week editor Lisa Sorg wrote an excellent article about the danger of navigating Downtown Durham as a person who is blind has low vision. The article was so compelling our Executive Director, Betsy Ludwig, wrote a letter to the editor, commending INDY Week on their efforts.

Arts Access has taken special note of the Triangle's ever-growing downtown areas. You may remember our accessibility efforts with SPARKcon in Downtown Raleigh. We are happy to work with any downtown events planner who would like to make sure his or her event is accessible to all people.

- Read the INDY Week article here
- Read Betsy's Letter to the Editor


The Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition that we helped to start is still going strong! They had a community meeting on October 16th. Unable to attend this meeting but still want to be involved? GREAT! Contact Polly Medlicott: for more details.




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