EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST
WE BELIEVE THE FUTURE OF OUR SOCIETY REVOLVES AROUND A WIDER REPRESENTATION & CELEBRATION OF TALENT.
Artists battling chronic illness have long had their creative hands tied and their voices silenced.
Throughout history, these members of our community have come to be thought of as ‘disabled’.
Inadequate. Incapable. Incomplete.
Opus 1 Foundation challenges the image of who an artist is by creating a platform for all artists.
On a single stage. Together.
We believe the time has come for the world to change its view of all ‘disabled’ individuals.
Today, we find handicap only in the false narrative of the past and the walls we built around it;
Not in the artists who enrich our experience of life with their extraordinary gifts — no matter their condition.
Today, everyone is an artist.
BUILDING A MORE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY & SOCIETY
Despite opportunities for people with disabilities having been expanded since the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, these individuals struggle in their attempts to pursue and/or maintain a career in the arts. In collaboration with distinguished artists, Opus 1 Foundation introduces new staged works inspired by the unique talents of creative individuals with special conditions to bring:
• Fair & Equal Employment Opportunities
Today, disabled artists account for less than 1% of all professionals working within the field. Accessibility challenges and attitudinal barriers towards this minority prevent disabled artists from participating at levels equal to those of their non-disabled colleagues. As a result, these individuals are faced with limited education, unemployment, mental health challenges and isolation due to their chronic illness.
• A Stronger, Inclusive and Diverse Global [Cultural] Economy
We believe the most effective approach in bridging the gap between disabled and non-disabled artists is in the production of new works of performance art that allow the equitable involvement of both. Increased engagement translates to more jobs and greater participation in all areas of our economy while servicing a need for new models of artistic excellence within the performing arts.
• Advancement of Art Forms & Human Expression
Few major works of performance art have been crafted with artists of special conditions in mind. By contributing to the repertoire of staged work, the expansion of human creative expression via the arts enriches our present and future society. By Fall 2024, our objective is to produce original multidisciplinary works supporting a cultural-civic movement towards a more inclusive & diverse creative community through the advancement of art forms and human expression.