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Accessibility

Accessible Arts Festivals

This file (updated 8-29-18) 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.

2019 Accessible Arts Events

This file (updated 2-25-19) is a chronological index of Minnesota arts events in 2019 with American Sign Language interpreting (ASL), Audio Description (AD), Captioning (OC), Sensory-friendly accommodations (SENS) or artists with disabilities (DIS). More additions are made each month; most URL links have details in the VSA Minnesota Accessible Arts Calendar. The complete Calendar is emailed to subscribers for free each month.

Current Venues and Shows

This file (updated 2-25-19) lists arts venues with addresses, websites, contact information, upcoming 2019 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.

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 1-9-18) 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. Other films with captions or descriptive video are noted on http://www.captionfish.com. To add additional films or cinemas, email email or call 612-332-3888.

2019 Accessible Arts Calendar

This file, updated February 25, 2019 (in Microsoft Word or PDF) is the 2019 Accessible Arts Calendar maintained by VSA Minnesota. At the end of each month a listing of the next two months’ arts events is 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 includes a chronological index as well. Share with your friends and go to an accessible show! As VSA Minnesota prepares to “sunset” in September 2019, we hope to locate this calendar with another Minnesota nonprofit organization. Feedback and suggestions always welcome!

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.

Arts Activities

Arts Programs for Minnesotans with Disabilities

These are some of the programs in Minnesota that provide services or activities for and with people with disabilities. If you know additional activities, please contact VSA Minnesota:
Phone: 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
Email: info@vsamn.org or access@vsamn.org
528 Hennepin Ave. #305, Minneapolis 55403

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

Artist Grants & Other Opportunities

Artists with disabilities in Minnesota have a variety of opportunities to pursue their work through grants from state, local and private sources. Here are some opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Several sources for nonprofit arts organizations are also provided. (Updated Dec. 4, 2018) If you know of other sources, please share with VSA Minnesota at access@vsamn.org or 612-332-3888.

Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-18

This summary lists 70 Twin Cities arts groups that have been awarded 140 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 eight and a half years through February 2018, VSA Minnesota has awarded $1,623,000 in ADA Access Improvement Grants for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. The next grant deadlines are Dec. 14, 2018, and May 1, 2019.