Current State and Awareness for Art Activities among the Artists with Disabilities – Focused on Busan area in South Korea


Purpose The purpose of this research is to determine current state and awareness for the artists with disabilities who have lived or have been working in Busan area. Methods 323 artists with disabilities responded to the questionnaire which was composed of 16 items. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS 22.0. Results First, the artists with disabilities were distributed in various ages, which was from 10s to 80s. Young artists with disabilities, 10s and 20s, accounted for the highest percentage. In disability types, developmental disability was 34.1%, and physical disability was 20.9%. Second, music, art craft, and picture constituted more than 60% of 14 kinds of art activities. Third, the artists with disabilities thought they do not have enough chance of performance and they might need more art and culture education programs to improve their art abilities. Forth, they thought that their activities were well worth and they felt happy with their art activities. However, it was recognized that there were limitations to the economic and artistic abilities. It also scored low on Busan city's culture and arts policy for the artists with disabilities. Conclusion This study suggested that Busan metropolitan city should support strategies suit in young artists with disabilities and make them meet in various arts fields. Also, the artists with disabilities might need professional support centers for educations, art creation, and performances. These practical support would give happiness to disabled artists and it could reduce gap between satisfaction and their limited abilities from art activities.

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Minjeong Han, Pusan National University, South Korea
Youngsim Kang, Pusan National University, South Korea
Yujeong Lee, Pusan National University, South Korea

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Conference: SEACE2020
Stream: Learning Experiences

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