Arts Access Services
VSA Minnesota provides information and services to state arts organizations so that they are able to meet the various needs of patrons, participants, employees and volunteers who have disabilities. This includes:
- Conducting an Arts Access Survey to assess how easily people with disabilities can use an organization’s physical space and participate in its programming;
- Presenting workshops on connecting with and engaging people with various types of disabilities;
- Creating Braille programs for patrons who are blind attending a performance;
- Providing assistance in finding trained theatrical ASL interpreters, audio describers and CART providers adept at providing captioning services for live performances;
- Training box office personnel in Best Practices of accommodating people with various types of disabilities.
These services are provided by VSA Minnesota staff and by community volunteers, with and without disabilities, with specific skills and experience in accommodating a broad range of needs.
Arts Access Workshops
If you would like to arrange a VSA Minnesota workshop on an accessibility topic that would serve your organization, contact:
VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Equipment for Loan
Did you know that there are places around Minnesota where you can borrow equipment that will make your productions and presentations more accessible to people with certain disabilities? Here is a list of what is available and who to contact:
CaptionView Digital Display Screen & Software
VSA Minnesota, Minneapolis, Jon Skaalen, 612-332-3888 ext. 2, email@example.com
The equipment includes a digital captioning display unit (approx. 4’x1’) and a tripod. A CART provider (Communication Access Realtime Translation) can connect to the unit, or the arts group can use the free CaptionView software to caption lyrics, script dialogue, scene change notices, etc. Script caption training is available from VSA Minnesota. Free shipping is available anywhere within Minnesota.
Audio Description Equipment
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Alissa Matara, 612-225-6390 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls, 218-736-5453, email@example.com
Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, David Hennessey, 507-467-2905 x205, firstname.lastname@example.org
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth, 218-733-7555, email@example.com
This equipment includes a steno mask and headset microphone (for the describer) and a dozen receivers and earbuds (for patrons who are blind or low-vision).