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Accessibility

Accessible Arts Festivals

This file (updated 1-17-17) lists selected arts festivals that may offer accessibility accommodations proactively or upon request. Check their websites or contact them to make a request. To add additional festivals or information, contact VSA Minnesota by email or at 612-332-3888.

2017 Accessible Arts Events

These files (updated 5-26-17) are summaries of Minnesota arts events in 2017 with American Sign Language interpreting (ASL), Audio Description (AD), Captioning (OC), Sensory-friendly accommodations (SENS) or artists with disabilities (DIS). They are in order by month and category. More additions are made each month.

Current Venues and Shows

This file (updated 5-5-17) lists arts venues with addresses, websites, contact information, upcoming 2017 shows and accessibility accommodations. If you see a show you would like to attend but you need an accommodation (for instance, ASL interpreting, captioning or audio description), check the main Accessible Arts Calendar to see if it is listed, or contact the venue or arts organization to request the service you need. If you need assistance, contact VSA Minnesota.

Working with ASL Interpreters in Performing Arts

This guide was updated in 2016 for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and is also available on their website as the MRAC ASL Interpreter Guide (http://www.mrac.org/resources-mrac-applicant-groups). It offers suggestions of best practices of providing American Sign Language interpreters for events, planning ahead, finding interpreters, signing a contract, reaching an audience. If you have additional questions or seek a list of ASL interpreters, please contact VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888, 800-801-3883, or email access@vsamn.org.

Accessibility Training Topics

Arts organizations are changing — audiences, staff, volunteers, visiting artists, auditioners, donors, budgets, access plans and new projects. 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.

As the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Minnesota can help you each step of the way by offering an accessibility training on any of the topics in this file, or on your choice of topic to serve ushers, docents, front-of-house people, board, box office, website or other personnel. We (or other consultants) can speak at Rotary lunches, board meetings, staff retreats or workshops. Contact us!
Phone: 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
Email: access@vsamn.org or info@vsamn.org

Accessible Films & Video

This file (updated 2-1-17) lists selected cinemas that may offer accessibility accommodations such as captioning or audio described tracks on films and videos they show. The film must come with a captioning or audio description track, and the cinema must have equipment to project these films and listening systems (receivers, headphones, earbuds) for patrons to access the captions or description. Be sure to check with them in advance to be sure they know what you need and that they have the proper equipment. Some accessible films may be listed in VSA Minnesota’s regular Accessible Arts Calendar. To add additional films or cinemas, email email or call 612-332-3888.

June-July 2017 Accessible Arts Calendar

This file (in Microsoft Word or PDF) is the monthly Accessible Arts Calendar emailed to individuals. It includes arts events with Audio Description (AD), American Sign Language interpreting (ASL), Open Captioning (OC), Sensory-Friendly accommodations (SENS), or performances by artists with disabilities or featuring disability topics (DIS). You can receive this email with all or only certain of the above accommodations. Contact access@vsamn.org or call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. It is usually emailed the last week of each month and includes a chronological index as well as individual listings of the next two months. Share with your friends and go to an accessible show!

Board of Directors/Volunteers

Accessibility Training Topics

Arts organizations are changing — audiences, staff, volunteers, visiting artists, auditioners, donors, budgets, access plans and new projects. 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.

As the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Minnesota can help you each step of the way by offering an accessibility training on any of the topics in this file, or on your choice of topic to serve ushers, docents, front-of-house people, board, box office, website or other personnel. We (or other consultants) can speak at Rotary lunches, board meetings, staff retreats or workshops. Contact us!
Phone: 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
Email: access@vsamn.org or info@vsamn.org

Grant & Other Opportunities

Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-17

This summary lists 66 Twin Cities arts groups that have been awarded 119 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 nearly eight years through January 2017, VSA Minnesota has awarded $1,380,320 in ADA Access Improvement Grants for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. In June 2017 an additional $87,680 is available for grants (deadline is May 1, 2017).