Disability and the Arts: What does it take to succeed?

Photo: Corvallis Advocate


On March 14, the Corvallis City Club examines research, technology and innovation at the nexus of commercial reality and human frailty — and just what it takes to be successful, disabled or not.

Throwing yourself into a devastatingly challenging and unforgiving field is one thing. Now toss into that mix that you are disabled. Beating those odds every day, a highly unusual Corvallis employment agency and an increasingly large number of people are seeking to make a living in a difficult way — as artists.

On hand will be Patrick Hackleman, a Corvallis artist currently exhibiting here and in New York, who has captured the attention of galleries nationwide. He is also autistic. Also on hand will be Bruce Burris, a nationwide leader in the field of arts and disability for over 35 years. Burris is a Director at Collaborative Employment Innovations (CEI) here in Corvallis. Also from CEI will be Robin de La Mora, Chief Executive Officer for the collaborative and a Certified Employment Support Professional with 20 years experience.

Steven Schultz, City Club President and moderator for this forum, says, “You would be mistaken to think this hour will only be about overcoming disabilities. New understanding about approaching barriers to success are applicable for everyone in any field.”

As always, attendance is free and open to the public.

  • Location: Gerding Builders Gym, Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, 1112 NW Circle Ave.
  • Time: 12 noon to 1:15 pm, Monday, March 14
  • A buffet lunch (chicken cordon bleu,  broccoli raisin salad, and cookies) prepared by the Corvallis 509j School District will be available. To register for lunch ($10 for City Club members, $15 for nonmembers), send email to info@cityclubofcorvallis by 12 noon, Friday, March 11.
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