Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The Federation of Disability Culture & Arts Associations of Korea (hereinafter referred to as Jang Ye Chong) is a corporation under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, established by the alliance of eleven cultural and artistic organizations for disabled people across the country. Jang Ye Chong carries out various activities to ensure the people with disabilities secure their cultural rights as creators and enjoyers. First, it supports artists with disabilities so they become the main body of artistic creation, spreading the artistic value that can only be created by artists with disabilities. Furthermore, Jang Ye Chong aims to support disabled people to continue their artistic activities as a profession, ultimately encouraging employment and independent living for disabled artists. By guaranteeing the right to enjoy culture, Jang Ye Chong encourages disabled people to participate in society, to improve quality of life, and pursing happiness through arts. Therefore, Jang Ye Chong promotes diverse projects including culture and art festivals by nurturing artists with disabilities, preparing spaces for artistic activities, international exchange projects for artists with disabilities, and improving social awareness for disability arts, and policy research projects to improve related laws and institutions. Representative projects include A+Festival, the cultural arts festival for the disabled, Special K, the cultural arts contest for the disabled, and The National Literacy Awards and Art Exhibition of the Disabled. ‘A+Festival' is a culture and art festival that started in 2009. With the motto of Ability, Accessibility, and Activity for the disabled people, ‘A+Festival' aims that the disabled and non-disabled people all together through arts. It encourages people with disabilities to participate as the main body of their artistic creation, not as passive spectators. ‘Special K’, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022, is a cultural arts contest for the artists with disabilities to serve as social and artistic stepping stones for their active artistic activities. The contest categories include traditional music, practical music, classical music, dance, and theater/musical. ‘The National Literacy Awards and Art Exhibition of the Disabled’ selects excellent works and awards prizes. The literacy awards have two divisions of verse (poem, children’s poem) and prose (short novel, intermediate novel, essay, tale). The art exhibition has Korean painting, Western painting, crafts, sculpture, calligraphy, literary painting, engraving and embossing calligraphy.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
From 2009 to 2022, there were a total of 14 A+Festivals with around 1.4 million visitors and 20,000 artists with disabilities. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Special K discovers diverse artists with disabilities in the areas of practical music, classical music, dance, Korean traditional music, and theater/musical. As of 2022, Special K discovered around 3,000 artists with disabilities in the performing arts area, who are actively performing at home and abroad. ‘The National Literacy Awards and Art Exhibition of the Disabled’ celebrated its 32th anniversary in 2022. In addition to this, Jang Ye Chong promotes social participation and artistic activities of disabled people through various initiatives. Through the 'Able Access Art Fair’, approximately 60 artists and 3,000 visitors participate every year and more than 20 Million Won of artworks are sold so far. Through the ‘International Art Exchange for People with Disabilities’, about 600 artworks are received, reviewed and finally selected each year, with a special exhibition held in the participating countries. Through the 'FDCA Academy', practitioners of cultural and artistic organizations and institutions for disabled people participated and identified the status of disability arts, discussed development plans, and received practice training for planning, funding, and publicity. With the ‘Job Development Project for Artists with Disabilities’ initiative, a new job titled ‘Curator of Emotional Support’ was developed which combines art and nursing care, with proper training and job manuals. In addition, Jang Ye Chong conducted a ｢Study on the application of universal design to cultural gathering facilities｣ to build convenient and accessible facilities for artists with disabilities. Based on the results of the study, Jang Ye Chong inspected whether facilities are compliant with accessibility regulations, and suggested improvements by the types of facilities (main entrance, parking facility for the disabled, door, etc.) and types of disability (visual, hearing, intellectual, physical development). Lastly, ‘AND Webzine’ are published every year since 2020. ‘AND Webzine’, an abbreviation of Art & Disability, was designed as an online forum for people with or without disabilities to communicate and integrate through art and culture.