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ADA 25th Anniversary!
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law on July 26, 1990. Statewide celebrations of the passage of the law that promotes equal opportunities and access for people with disabilities are taking place throughout the month of July. There are two celebrations being held today and one more tomorrow! Click here to see the list below for events currently scheduled in your area.

International Quilt

The International Quilt that was coordinate by VSA Tennessee and created by students with disabilities from around the world was received at the US Department of State in May of this year. On July 23rd the quilt was relocated and received a reception at the US Capitol through a presentation to Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. After the presentation, the quilt will become a part of the Arts In Embassy program and travel to US Embassies around the world.

North Carolina is represented with a square created by Alice Zincone and her students at The Governor Morehead School in partnership with Barbi Bailey-Smith and her students at Little River Elementary School in.

Keep up with the latest news about the quilt here!

Triangle Access Awards!

CAM Raleigh was one of the winners of this year's Triangle Access Awards co-hosted by the Alliance of Disability Advocates and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Arts Access' Executive Director, Betsy Ludwig, nominated CAM Raleigh after seeing how hard CAM has worked to make their facility, programming, and events accessible to people with disabilities. 

Get involved and visit CAM Raleigh today!

Festivals & Events!

The summer is full of arts and culture oriented festivals! A wide variety events are available all across North Carolina. Here is a comprehensive list compiled by the North Carolina Arts Council. Check each event's website for accessibility information and if it isn't listed give them a call and ask them about access.

Are you an event organizer looking to do a better job with accessibility? Check out this helpful guide from the ADA Knowledge Translation Center at the University of Washington!

Scholarships to ROOTS!

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.

This year through an Artability Campaign Alternate ROOTS hopes to send at least 10 artists with disabilities attend ROOTS Week on August 4-9, 2015! This is the largest number of artists with disabilities that have ever been able to attend the conference. 

More information available here!

Upcoming AD Performances:

- “The Buddy Holly Story”: NC Theatre, July 25, 2pm

"Interstellar": NCMA Outdoor Movies, August 22, 8:30pm
 

Asheville Audio Description!!

DASI is a non-profit offering descriptive services in the western part of North Carolina. Listed below are performances presented by The Asheville Community Theater that will be Audio Described. Patrons wishing to reserve tickets and a receiver for the following performances should call 828-254-1320.

"Not Now, Darling"
August 8 @ 7:30pm
August 9 @ 7:30pm
August 10 @ 2:30pm
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