Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 
451 Lexington Pkwy N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Driving Directions 


Bethany Whitehead 
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council 

Engaging People with Disabilities in the Arts: Could, Should, or Must 

If one of every five Minnesotans lives with a disability – a hefty portion of your potential arts audience – how many are you actually seeing at your arts events? And how can you entice more to participate simply by addressing their hearing, vision, mobility, sensory and other needs?

This presentation will help your arts group think about, plan and prioritize ways to welcome people with disabilities to your activities and venues. VSA Minnesota staff and two arts consumers with disabilities will share experiences, barriers (real or perceived) and solutions – including:

* accepting the accessibility challenge at the board and staff level,

* surveying your access needs,

* making improvements with accessible publicity (flyers, news releases, website, email, social media), physical access, event communication accommodations, admission prices, … and

* more ways of meeting the spirit and letter of the law in engaging people with disabilities.

You’ll get new tools and resources to develop your access planning process and determine what could, should and must be addressed to more effectively involve one-fifth of the population in your arts activities.

Wilder offers free parking onsite in their ramp and is also located on the Green LRT, the 83 bus, and the 16 bus lines. The session will take place on the main floor in an accessible room.

If ASL interpretation or other accommodation would help you enjoy this panel discussion please contact Bethany at bethany@mrac.org.

No refreshments will be offered as part of this session.