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Accessibility in the Arts Workshops Available Across the State

VSA Minnesota, the statewide organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts will be closing its doors at the end of September.  This will mean that the “one-stop shop for arts access” for which the organization has been known will no longer be around.  Therefore, over the next nine weeks, Craig Dunn, the Executive Director of VSA, will be in five communities to do a final “brain download” of arts access and disability awareness information as a service to the state arts community.  He will be in the following five locations from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 17
Gremlin Theatre, Annex Building, Vandalia Crossing, 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul  55114 
Tuesday, July 30 
St. Cloud Central Library, Bremer Community Room 104, 1300 W St Germain Street, St. Cloud 56301
Wednesday, July 31
Rochester Civic Music, Rochester Government Center, Conf. Rm. 104, 201 4th Street SE,  Rochester  55904-3778
Tuesday, August 13
Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes  56501
Tuesday, August 20 
Reif Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids  55744   

The workshops will be designed to share accessibility and disability information that has been collected, compiled and developed by VSA Minnesota staff over the past 33 years and to answer questions about audience accommodations, disability etiquette and emerging trends in the field of arts access.  Electronic resource lists, internet links and suggestions of people to contact will be made available to all attendees at the three-hour gatherings.  They will also provide light refreshments at each location.

The target audience is arts administrators, board members and any others interested in access to the arts for people with disabilities.  There is no charge to attend but, so that they know how many might attend and so that they can meet the various communication needs of participants, they will ask that people provide them with the responses to the following three questions:

  1. What is your name & what organization(s) do you work/volunteer with?
  2. Which workshop will you be attending (St. Paul, St. Cloud, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids)?
  3. Does your participation require an ASL interpreter, a deaf/blind interpreter, or Real-time captioning (CART)?

These workshops are supported by a services grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to assist them in transferring their organizational knowledge to the Minnesota arts community.

Should you have any questions about these presentations, email or call Craig Dunn at the numbers below.

Craig J. Dunn
Executive Director
VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Av  Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN   55403
612-332-3888
www.vsamn.org

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!

“Of the Year” Award Winners & Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

 

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Gayle Moen of Shelly, Jane Vigness of Climax, and Annelee Woodstrom of Ada!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, April 30 in Halstad at the Norman County West High School cafeteria and small gym at 2:00 pm. Please come starting at 12:00 noon to view the 100 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the NCW library and vote for people’s choice.  At 1:15 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:00 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, the 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota will be given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. Craig Dunn from VSA Minnesota will be attending to meet and greet and talk about the Americans for Disabilities Act. He will have information that helps arts organizations work towards inclusion for people with special needs. Kathee Foran will be attending as a program director at the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB).  She will have materials related to grants and services of MSAB. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP for the reception at 218-745-9111. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2017/04/northwest-minnesota-arts-council-annual-exhibition/

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Gayle Moen, Shelly MN, will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Ms. Moen is a musician. She plays the piano and organ. She is a long-time educator in the Crookston Public School System. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

Jane Vigness of rural Climax will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Vigness is the librarian in Climax and is active in the Sandhill Historical Society. She is also active in the Association of the French of the North and as a board member helps organize their arts festival each year in August. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Annelee Woodstrom of Ada will receive the Northwest Star Award. 

Ms. Woodstrom is a writer and previously an award-winning school teacher in Twin Valley. She has written about her life in War Child: Growing Up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Empty Chairs. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 30 to show support for our artists.  Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.