Creative Chance breaks down social barriers between those with and without disabilities, while creating opportunities in the arts for all!
– implementation of two street festivals per calendar year in local communities, currently in Maryland
– exposure for an extensive network of artists within the disability
community, including dancers, theater performers, musicians, visual artists, comedians, photographers, DJs, community activists and more
– opportunities for vendors and artists to sell and promote
– live performances throughout the events
– opportunities for personal interviews and education surrounding artists with disabilities
– employment and recreational opportunities
– goal of increased awareness and access to local businesses for people with disabilities
– incredible social change within communities
Creative Chance is an original inspiration, mission and vision of Founder/Director Amanda Taylor. Ms. Taylor has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1999 in various roles, specializing in autism therapy, creative movement and expressive arts therapy techniques. Her background includes many years of performance, but her most recent role was as a program director in a center for independent living where she designed and pioneered multiple programs and curriculum in the Baltimore area. She has extensive experience in nonprofit organizations, and it has been her dream to enter the nonprofit world as an entrepreneur, finally making Creative Chance a reality after many years of planning.
“Individuals with disabilities are our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family, and are available, talented, and have much to offer the world of the arts and the world in general. It is too often that individuals with disabilities feel they cannot succeed or even have the chance to embark on recreational or career opportunities within the arts. Opportunities that are afforded to people without disabilities in the arts should be offered to those with disabilities without question of competency. Imagine a day when an individual in a wheelchair or with autism wins American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. This is the world Creative Chance aims to build. Change begins locally in our communities, and Creative Chance is the origin and heart of authentic positive change.”
– Amanda Taylor, Founder/Director
Grants and additional funding mechanisms are needed to sustain Creative Chance, as we are in the process of formation of the organization as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). This will enable the work to continue long term and reach many more individuals in Baltimore and surrounding areas!
Amanda’s greatest passion is working with people with disabilities within the arts. Her goal is to reach as many communities as possible and improve social justice by promoting educational, recreational, and employment opportunities for all people!
Della Calm is an individual with multiple disabilities living in Baltimore City. She is a long time supporter of Creative Chance, and we are excited to share her work with the world!
Helen Edwards is an individual with a disability living in Baltimore City. She hand paints many works on canvas, including beautiful items for your home as well as portraits. She is a long time supporter of Creative Chance, and we are excited to share her work with the world!
J. Daniel Cordes
J. Daniel Cordes is a local artist who supports, promotes, and sells artwork through Creative Chance. Check him out on Instagram and Facebook! @jdanielcordes
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