You are invited to the first public event of the newly formed Minnesota Access Alliance!
When: Tuesday, May 30, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: Minnesota Zoo Education Event Center, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
What: Founders of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium present how its programs help arts/culture nonprofits better serve patrons with disabilities, and how Twin Cities cultural groups can benefit from the new Minnesota Access Alliance
Who: The Minnesota Access Alliance was recently formed in the Twin Cities for cultural administrators who want to “raise the bar for accessibility across the culture and arts sectors.” Staff, volunteers and advocates representing several dozen organizations have been meeting since fall 2016, and this is its first event!
Who: Speakers will be two founders of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium. Christena Gunther, director of tour operations and guest experience at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and Evan Hatfield, director of audience experience at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will discuss why they established a consortium of arts and culture groups three years ago, what impacts they have made, and offer a vision of how local arts and culture staffs and their patrons could improve what we already have in place to be even more accessible to people with disabilities. Their services, for instance, include free professional development workshops, short-term accessible equipment loans, an online calendar of accessible performances, lists of accessibility services at arts venues, an archive of past programs, and additional resources.
Come: Pre-register or request accessibility accommodations at EventBrite, call Natalie Kennedy at the State Arts Board, 651-215-1617, or email MNAccessAlliance@gmail.com. Listen, ask questions, network, enjoy refreshments. If you can’t attend, but want to learn about future Minnesota Access Alliance programs, call, email, or go to its Facebook page.