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
90-minute Art Making Challenge

Saturday March 30, 2019

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

The purpose of this grant is to help artists with disabilities take immediate actions which allow them to create, participate, and learn, ultimately fostering a more inclusive society. Creative expression is integral to personal growth and vibrant communities. Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation (LKFF) seeks to take action and has created this one-time grant opportunity by providing funds to individual artists with disabilities who face barriers to access. This funding is open to artists living in Ohio and pursuing any art form (visual, performance, digital, literary, etc.). Since the purpose of the grant is action and access, projects which are ready to go with short project timelines are preferred. It is expected that artists know best which projects will help them take action and have an immediate impact. Therefore, projects are expected to vary widely, but activities should fall within one or both of these categories: Travel to venues/conferences or Creating access to a non-traditional performance/exhibit space. 

Grant Amount
·      Artists may request either $500 or $1,000 for their project.
·      Those requesting $1,000 must demonstrate professional experience and a strong plan.
·      There is no cash match requirement.

Click here to download the grant guidelines

How to Apply
·      Interested applicants are encouraged to contact VSA Ohio to discuss their project.
·      Accommodations can be made for the application process.
·      Applicants should fully review the Guidelines and refer to the Grant Application.

Complete applications include:
o   Narrative questions
o   Budget
o   Support materials
The Fund for Artists with Disabilities is distributed by VSA Ohio, with support from Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation.

Deadline is rolling; funds will be distributed until they are gone. APPLY NOW!

       Click here to download the application


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, June 3, 2019 for activities occuring July 2019 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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