The Arts Access Arrow Weekly e-news publicizes information about upcoming activities and opportunities for artists with disabilities, trainings and workshops, calls for art, audio description opportunities and calls for volunteers.
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Weekly updates about the work that Arts Access is doing, opportunities for artists with disabilities, upcoming workshops and training, audio description calendar, special events and calls for volunteers


ArtFest: Call for Art!
Deadline to Submit: January 21, 2014
Hosted by the Woman's Club of Raleigh

Juried exhibition open to Wake County artist, children and adult, with developmental disabilities. This year's theme is "Life, Liberty and Happiness"

Acceptable Media: 2D (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography), crafts, woodworking, ceramics, glass and mixed media sculptures

Entries will be juried by the Woman's Club of Raleigh on January 27th and winners will be allowed to enter a statewide competition!

Submissions can be dropped off at the Arts Access office January 21 & 22 (505 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, 27605, Suite 206). Please call the office to confirm your drop-off date: 919-833-9919. Special arrangements can be made to pick up artwork by calling Martha Keravuori at 919-833-0200 or 919-906-3003.

VSA / Kennedy Center Opportunities:

Webinar Series: Understanding Differences
An Exploration of Prevalent IEP Identifications for the Teaching Artist: Working with Students Who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing

In this Webinar, teaching artists and teachers will learn practical strategies for working with students in the classroom who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as how to create the most successful learning environment for them.

Presenter: Peter Geisser, Stained Glass Artist/Retired Teacher
Peter Geisser retired in 2003 after over 30 years as the Art Director at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. He also taught for 15 years in the Department of Continuing Education at the Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches part-time at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Yo Soy...Je Suis...I am...My Neighborhood

Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a portrait that illustrates themselves in their neighborhood! What makes their neighborhood awesome? Cool houses? Fun neighbors? A great park or playground? Student-artists are encouraged to illustrate all the important people, places, and landscapes of their local space that shape who they are and who they will be in the future

Deadline to submit: July 1, 2014

Who may submit: Parents or Educators of children with a disability, ages 5 to 18

2014 VSA International Young Soloists - Call for Entries

Now Open! We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. Entries will be accepted online through the link below. All applications must be submitted for review by Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. No late entries will be accepted.

2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition - Call for Scripts

Coming soon! The 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Call for Scripts will open in early November 2013. Please check back for the 2014 application form and competition guidelines.

We are excited to welcome two new partners to our Audio Description team:
North Carolina Symphony
North Carolina Opera

North Carolina Symphony's Saturday, January 4th 1pm performance of Carnival of the Animals will be Audio Described for patrons who are visually impaired. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 919-733-2750. American Sign Language will also be available for this performance.

North Carolina Opera's Sunday, January, 26th 3pm performance of La Boheme will be Audio Described for patrons who are visually impaired.  Tickets can be purchased via the North Carolina Opera website or by calling the box office at 919-782-3850.
A recent review of the MovieReading app from one of our Audio Description users:

"I want to report a positive experience with audio description of a film currently showing in theaters.  I used the MovieReading app to hear the description of "Philomena" this afternoon. I had downloaded the audio description file to my iPhone before we went to the movie.  The MovieReading app is free; so was the audio description sound file. When I got to the theater, I put my phone in airplane mode and set it to vibrate. I connected the phone to my earbuds. Since my husband is blind, we each took one earbud. When the movie began playing, I double-tapped the okay button on my phone, and the description track began playing. The sound was clear - no static or hiss. The description and film sound stayed in sync through the film.  My husband and I enjoyed the movie and are most pleased with our experience of this method of receiving audio description."

More! More! More!

Remember that this is just your weekly dose of information from Arts Access! There is more news, updates, events and information on our News Page!

Save the Date!

Arts Access:
30th Anniversary Celebration at CAM Raleigh on March 20, 2014! 

Sponsorship Available! 
Contact the Arts Access office for more information

-Silent Auction
-Hor d'euvres

Upcoming Audio Described Performances:

-"We Will Rock You": Broadway Series South, Saturday December 7th, 2pm

-"(Three Man) Tempest": Burning Coal, Sunday December 8th, 2pm

-"A Christmas Story": Cary Players, Monday December 9th, 7:30pm

-"Christmas Carol": Theatre in the Park, Friday December 13th, 7pm

Volunteer Opportunity:

One of our favorite artists at Arts Access, George in Durham, is in need of some additional support! He is a skilled artist with an MFA in painting. He needs someone to help him with his easel and get his supplies set up so that he can create the art he already has conceptualized in his mind. If you would like to know more about George visit the N&O article written about him here. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Brandon

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