VSA Ohio is committed to advancing your work in the creative sector.  We produce high-quality resources, present workshops, and engage diverse partners to provide a practical map for your career in the arts.

Creative Career Workshops
November 13, 1-3pm @ Vanderelli Room
"The Insanity Principles" with Linda Sibio
Two heads float on piles of crumpled paper
Taught by California painter and performance artist, Linda Carmella Sibio, this workshop includes a variety of multilayered psychological techniques, tapping into memory, play, and personal narrative as a source for artmaking. 
Free/Registration required
For questions and to reserve a spot, please email or call VSA Ohio, 614.241.5325
Visit Linda Sibio's website
This workshop is offered in conjunction with VSA Ohio's ReelAbilities Film Festival. To learn more, click here. 
Future workshops to be announced!
Want to host an Creative Career Workshop?
If you are a studio in Ohio who primarily serves artists with disabilities, contact VSA Ohio to discuss professional development needs and how a workshop can help.

Fund for Artists with Disabilities Grant

Funds for this grant have been expended. Our appreciation to Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation for their support of artists with disabilities across the state and efforts to increase immediate access needs for creative endeavors.

Ohio Arts Council's Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) Grant

VSA Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council work together to make careers in the arts more accessible to Ohioans with disabilities through the ADAP grant program. The Artists with Disabilities Access Program is a grant funded by the Ohio Arts Council. ADAP provides support to individual artists with disabilities as well as organizations that serve individual artists with disabilities to engage in activities that will help them advance their artistic practice, develop their career, or move to a higher level of artistic development. Funds are available for a variety of activities, materials and services.

Funding Tiers

  • Emerging Artist - funding of $500; no match required
  • Professional Artist - funding of $1,000; no match required
  • Organizations - funding between $1,000 and $3,000; 1:1 cash match required

Applications are accepted on a semi-annual basis: June 1 or December 1.

The next deadline for applications is Monday, December 2, 2019 for activities occuring January 2020 through June 30, 2020.

Technical Assistance Workshops
VSA Ohio offers workshops to break down the ADAP application process, and content, while answering all of your questions. Call 614-241-5325 to set up a training in your neighborhood.

**Important** Review these directions and read the Guidelines before beginning the application process:

  • Those interested in applying to ADAP should first read the guidelines (below).
  • Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact VSA Ohio before beginning the application process, 614.241.5325. 
    • VSA Ohio will help facilitate the application process and ensure completed applications are submitted via the Ohio Arts Council's online grant system, ARTIE.
    • ***VSA Ohio will review a Draft of your application before you click submit! Please allow 3 - 4 weeks before the deadline for draft application review.
  • Organizations interested in applying to ADAP should contact the Ohio Arts Council at 614.995.0066.
  • A public panel of experts reviews all applications and makes final grant award determinations.
  • Results are sent to applicants six to eight weeks after each deadline, approximately 7 business days after the panel meets.

Click here to download the OAC ADAP Grant Guidelines in PDF

Click here to download the OAC ADAP Grant Questions

Creative Career Resources

The following resources support artists and individuals with disabilities in their professional pursuits.
Americans for the Arts Job Bank
The Artists Fellowship
ArtsWave - Cincinnati
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Creative Capital
Creative Compass (serves the Cleveland region)
Creative Hot List
Fine Arts Fund - Cincinnati
Food For Good Thought
Greater Columbus Arts Council - Support for Individual Artists
Kennedy Center - Resources for Artists
Mentoring Individuals with Disabilities
National Endowment for the Arts - Careers in the Arts Resources
Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Practical Steps to Making a Career in the Arts Possible Webinar
Puffin Foundation Grants
START: Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training

Careers in the Arts Workbook

This resource is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a creative career. With the inevitable barriers faced by those seeking a career in the arts, particularly people with disabilities, the workbook provides a map for success by challenging individuals to consider their strengths, weaknesses and goals, and then outlining the strategies and tips for overcoming the obstacles to achieve the goals. This book may not be reproduced in full or part without permission from VSA Ohio. If you would like a copy of this document in another format please call 614.241.5325.


Major funding for creative career services is provided by

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