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Accessibility

Accessibility Training Topics

Our audiences are changing. Our staff members, volunteers, visiting artists, auditioners, donors, organization budgets, five-year-plans, access plans and new projects — all are changing as we age, move, transition and try to serve our communities better. One realm where it’s important to be up-to-date is in being accessible, welcoming and inclusive to our growing number of patrons with disabilities — physical, mental, cognitive.

Do your ushers, docents and other front-of-house people know the appropriate ways of interacting with people with various disabilities? Do your venues include accessible routes of travel, bathrooms, ramps, large print signs, etc.? Do your events offer enhanced sound or sign language interpreters or an audio describer so people with hearing or vision loss can feel part of the activity? Are your videos captioned? Are the images on your website identified with alt tags? Has your Access Plan been updated in the last two years?

As the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Minnesota can help you each step of the way by offering an accessibility training (SEE the attached file of possible topics) to new or veteran staff, board and volunteers. We (or other consultants) can speak at Rotary lunches, board meetings, staff retreats or workshops on topics that address your particular needs.

Contact us! 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
access@vsamn.org or info@vsamn.org

Arts Accessibility Planning Guide

This self-survey tool, created by the Metro Regional Arts Council, guides an arts group or venue through its policies, programs, facilities, events and access plan to identify its accessibility strengths and what may need attention in order to remove barriers to participation.

Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-16

This summary lists 65 Twin Cities arts groups that have been awarded 115 grants to increase access to the arts for people with disabilities, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008. In the seven years through June 2016, VSA Minnesota has awarded $1,343,7449 in ADA Access Improvement Grants for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Accessibility Symbols

Link: Accessibility Symbols

Disability Access Symbols
These symbols advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your building or offices. Examples of places you’ll want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps.

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook

Link: Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook

Designed to help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing. Copies of the book can be ordered through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies web site. The publication can be downloaded at no charge in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Board of Directors/Volunteers

Accessibility Training Topics

Our audiences are changing. Our staff members, volunteers, visiting artists, auditioners, donors, organization budgets, five-year-plans, access plans and new projects — all are changing as we age, move, transition and try to serve our communities better. One realm where it’s important to be up-to-date is in being accessible, welcoming and inclusive to our growing number of patrons with disabilities — physical, mental, cognitive.

Do your ushers, docents and other front-of-house people know the appropriate ways of interacting with people with various disabilities? Do your venues include accessible routes of travel, bathrooms, ramps, large print signs, etc.? Do your events offer enhanced sound or sign language interpreters or an audio describer so people with hearing or vision loss can feel part of the activity? Are your videos captioned? Are the images on your website identified with alt tags? Has your Access Plan been updated in the last two years?

As the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Minnesota can help you each step of the way by offering an accessibility training (SEE the attached file of possible topics) to new or veteran staff, board and volunteers. We (or other consultants) can speak at Rotary lunches, board meetings, staff retreats or workshops on topics that address your particular needs.

Contact us! 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
access@vsamn.org or info@vsamn.org

Grant Opportunities

Metro ADA Access Grant Final Report Form

ADA Grant final report generic form

ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-15

2016 ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations

Apply for up to $15,000 for a project that will make your Minnesota nonprofit arts organization’s facilities or programs more accessible to people with disabilities.

Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-16

This summary lists 65 Twin Cities arts groups that have been awarded 115 grants to increase access to the arts for people with disabilities, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008. In the seven years through June 2016, VSA Minnesota has awarded $1,343,7449 in ADA Access Improvement Grants for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Professional Development Workshops

Accessibility Training Topics

Our audiences are changing. Our staff members, volunteers, visiting artists, auditioners, donors, organization budgets, five-year-plans, access plans and new projects — all are changing as we age, move, transition and try to serve our communities better. One realm where it’s important to be up-to-date is in being accessible, welcoming and inclusive to our growing number of patrons with disabilities — physical, mental, cognitive.

Do your ushers, docents and other front-of-house people know the appropriate ways of interacting with people with various disabilities? Do your venues include accessible routes of travel, bathrooms, ramps, large print signs, etc.? Do your events offer enhanced sound or sign language interpreters or an audio describer so people with hearing or vision loss can feel part of the activity? Are your videos captioned? Are the images on your website identified with alt tags? Has your Access Plan been updated in the last two years?

As the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Minnesota can help you each step of the way by offering an accessibility training (SEE the attached file of possible topics) to new or veteran staff, board and volunteers. We (or other consultants) can speak at Rotary lunches, board meetings, staff retreats or workshops on topics that address your particular needs.

Contact us! 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
access@vsamn.org or info@vsamn.org