VSA Minnesota is conducting free workshops where Twin Cities arts organizations can learn how to make their arts programs and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities. VSA Minnesota’s mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. You can learn more about VSA Minnesota here.
ARTS ACCESS WORKSHOPS:
How Captioning Serves Patrons with Hearing Loss (and all patrons)
Monday, April 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., 8th floor, Minneapolis
Captioning and assistive listening systems serve anyone who is hard of hearing by making the words and sounds easier to understand. American Sign Language interpreters make a show or meeting come alive by using the ASL language of persons who are Deaf. This workshop presents a survey of what local captioners are doing to make their plays, musicals, art exhibits, lectures or slide shows more accessible. See which methods might work for your organization. Learn how to do your own scripted captioning, using your own computer and borrowing free software and a free caption display unit. VSA Minnesota will introduce representatives from the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, Stages, Teatro del Pueblo and local CART providers.
Developing an Access Plan
Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon
Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
This hands-on work session will help arts organization/venue board members, volunteers or staff draft an Access Plan of strategies and policies to help be more successful (and legal) in involving people with disabilities. We’ll share sample Access Plans, take an Accessibility Site Survey, examine strengths and weaknesses using examples of actual challenges you face, and search for practical solutions. If you bring a laptop or tablet, you may have a draft plan to bring home with you!
Finding, Developing and Serving a New Audience
Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon
Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 5th Ave. SE, Osseo (just west of US 169 off Hwy 81)
Learn from patrons with disabilities how participate in the arts and what accommodations improve their experiences. Disability etiquette, customer service practices, connections with disability agencies, social service organizations, group homes, senior centers and media can help you reach and develop ongoing new relationships (and sell more tickets). Volunteers and front-of-house staff especially welcome.
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Requests for an American Sign Language interpreter or other accommodations should be made a week before the meeting you wish to attend. The workshops are free.