Working as an Artist with a Disability: An Artist’s Perspective

The arts and culture field offers a rewarding and viable career path for artists and arts workers. The arts contribute more than $700 billion to the U.S. economy and count almost 5 million workers. It is a growing field and one that enables people with and without disabilities to express themselves creatively and engage in work they are passionate about. However, people with disabilities interested in a career in the arts may face certain barriers to success.

In this webinar—the fourth in the series of six— three successful artists discussed how they navigated their careers as artists working with a disability. The conversation covered their experiences as young people exploring their career options, as adults navigating the arts world, and as successful artists working in the field today.

Host: Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Gordon Sasaki, Artist
Gaelynn Lea, Professional singer and musician
Latchi, Professional singer