Accessibility and the Arts: Attend Both Events

Are you an artist with disabilities, an arts leader or an organization trying to provide access to people with disabilities?

Take advantage of these two upcoming events to learn about opportunities for artists and organizations related to accessibility & the arts

Introduction to Accessibility & the Arts

Arts Access For All Partners with Minnesota Access Alliance: A shared vision for full inclusion in the Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

10:00am to 12:00 pm (doors open at 9:45am)

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

422 4th Street Northwest

East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Are you looking for ways for your organization to implement accessibility? Take this opportunity to learn how to plan the implementation of accommodating people with various disabilities when visiting your museum, theater, cultural organization and events.

The facilitator, Sherry Shirek, is a passionate advocate with over 25 years of experience working in the field of disability. Sherry is the co-founder of Arts Access For All, a consortium that began in 2015 in the Moorhead/Fargo Metro region to bring together Arts and cultural leaders, staff, volunteers, community-based organizations, and people with disabilities to discuss ways to implement accommodations one step at a time.

Topics include:

  • Learn how to reach out and welcome people with disabilities into your Arts or Cultural organization
  • Learn some simple solutions to provide access and accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Learn where to find resources and what other organizations have done to implement accessibility
  • Examine your facility by using an ADA survey checklist and meet experts in the field that can help facilitate these surveys
  • Become a part of a larger community that is passionate and supports one another, shares information by in-person workshops, email discussion lists and Facebook groups.
  • Join together with arts leaders, program and education staff, docents and volunteers from a variety of community-based organizations, theaters, cultural centers, and museums

Cost: Free

Registration required. To complete your free registration form, go to: http://www.artsafa.org

Facilities and parking are wheelchair accessible. Perfumes or scented lotions are not permitted.  For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Sherry Shirek 701-781-3055 or sherrybeth7@gmail.com

Sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board

Doing, Collaborating & Attending: Resources to Expand Arts Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities

Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, will be at the Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 and will be speaking at 11:00  about how the organization helps people with disabilities participate in the arts both as artists and as arts consumers.  His presentation will  benefit both artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities by showing examples of collaboration, inclusion, accommodation and access.  Handouts will be available and questions will be encouraged and welcomed. Craig will be available throughout the event to discuss these issues.

Saturday, April 28

11:00 am

Ralph Engelstad Arena Dakota Room

Thief River Falls

Put both of these events on your calendar!