Disability-led Creative Economy: A Possibility for Indonesia?

Ms Samantha Mintio2

2Ketemu Project, Denpasar, Indonesia

The creative economy is the fastest growing economy in Indonesia with a prediction of 6.25% yearly growth, employing 16.7million workers (BEKRAF, 2017). With this growth, the inclusion of disabled participants in the creative economy bears the significant potential to address social challenges and to diversify the cultural landscape of Indonesia. ¬†This research charts the learnings from Gerakan Kreabilitas (Creatibility Movement), a pilot incubation program in Indonesia initiated by Ketemu Project & The Arts Development Company (UK) aimed at encouraging and proving the value of including disabled creatives and workers in the productive workforce for Indonesia’s creative enterprise ecosystem. The project brings together diverse creatives in the arts and culture sector, empower disabled creatives to design and produce marketable products and services, and encourage creative enterprises to work and develop disabled-friendly workforces. Fifteen months from the start of the incubator, how far has Gerakan Kreabilitas achieved its goal of developing robust models with, and for, disability-led creative enterprises to promote inclusion Indonesia’s creative economy?


Ms Samantha Mintio is a visual artist & Director of Ketemu Project – an art organization based in Bali that platforms socially conscious projects. In 2016, Ketemu initiated the establishment of Rumah Berdaya, Indonesia’s first psycho-social rehabilitation center focused on art for mental-wellbeing in support of people living with schizophrenia.


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