In June 2019 a number of Twin Cities arts organizations will be awarded ADA Access Improvement Grants by VSA Minnesota. The nonprofits will use their grants to make their arts programs more accessible to people with disabilities. The recipients will be announced as soon as the VSA Minnesota Board of Directors has approved funding recommendations by a review panel that discussed and scored 19 applications on May 31, 2019.
VSA Minnesota has administered the ADA Access Improvement Grant program since 2010 for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC). Through January 2019, 149 projects by 76 different organizations have been funded, totaling $1,705,635. Previous recipients are noted at http://vsamn.org/arts-organizations/ada-improvement-grants/ or at http://vsamn.org/arts-organizations/resources-organizations/, under the heading Metro ADA Access Grant Recipients 2010-18.
Funds for this program have come from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. The purpose is to enable nonprofit arts organizations in the seven-county Twin Cities area to improve their programs, projects, equipment, or facilities in ways that have the potential for significant or long-term impact in involving more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs.