St. Cloud area artists with disabilities, arts administrators and allies of artists are invited to an “Arts Access Tune-up” over coffee and chocolate chip cookies. The free meeting is Thursday, February 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud (in the Mississippi Community Room 106).
VSA Minnesota executive director Craig Dunn will lead a conversation about how people with disabilities engage with the local and regional arts community. Come and share your ideas, your art and your questions! Attendees at previous meetings (in Bemidji, Staples, Duluth, Marshall, Mankato and Rochester) found it very worthwhile! For instance:
* What you are doing in the arts?
* What barriers, if any, keep you from doing what you would like in the arts?
* If you work in an arts setting, do you have success stories about reaching new audience members or questions about how to serve people with disabilities more effectively?
People with all types of disabilities are invited: people who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, live with mental illness, a developmental disability, physical or other disabilities.
Craig will share information about VSA Minnesota’s Emerging Artist Grant Program, which awards six grants annually of $2,000 each to help artists with disabilities create new work. The next deadline is late 2017. A statewide Accessible Arts Calendar and other resources are also available. The Central Minnesota Arts Board (headquartered in Foley) will share resources for area artists.
PLEASE RSVP (so we bring enough cookies). If you need a sign language interpreter to participate, let us know by Friday, February 17. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-801-3883. Participants are requested to attend Fragrance-Free.