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Accessibility

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.

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.

2015 Accessible Fringe Shows

The Minnesota Fringe Festival runs July 30 through August 9, 2015. The attached file (one Word, one PDF) lists many shows that offer Audio Description or ASL interpreting, as well as shows with performers who have disabilities, shows with disability topics, and other details on venues, ticketing, and links to the full show descriptions on the Fringe website. Enjoy the largest Fringe in America! (Updated July 28, 2015)

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).

Grant Opportunities

Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-14

ADA Grant Projects funded 2010-2014

2015 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 Final Report Form

ADA Grant final report generic form

2015 Accessibility Improvement Grants for Arts Organizations served by the Lake Region Arts Council

Apply for up to $8,000 for a project that will make your nonprofit arts organization’s facilities or programs more accessible to people with disabilities. Organizations in the nine counties served by the Lake Region Arts Council are eligible.