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            January 23, 2017 
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Friday, Jan. 27th & Saturday, Jan. 28th

Arts Access is pleased to offer this workshop for people interested in becoming audio describers. Participants in this training are eligible to audition for Audio Describer employment opportunities with Arts Access.
What is Audio Description?
Audio Description is a narration service for individuals who are blind or have low vision.The audio describer provides an ongoing dialogue of visual events that are taking place.
Participants will Learn
-how to articulate visual details effectively and in the moment
-tips for bringing audio description back to your organization
-how to enhance the theater or gallery experience for the blind and low vision audience.
Where: Comfort Suites, Page Rd. Durham NC - Cost: $300 - Group Discounts available
To Register: Register online. or pay by check, Email Jennifer Marshburn, or call Arts Access at 919-833-9919 for more information. 


Arts Access' Artist Link Project

Calling all artists!!! Artists, musicians, at all levels and abilities welcome! Arts Access strives to encourage and promote the work of artists with disabilities throughout North Carolina. As a part of this goal, we wanted to start a directory which will allow us to connect you with resources and help promote your work. Register here.


Two Upcoming Events From The Women's Club of Raleigh

Artist of the Month Exhibition

The Women's Club of Raleigh hosts an exhibit featuring the work of Raleigh artist, Alex Roa. Specializing in origami, Roa chose his medium as a coping mechanism to handle stress. "What was once a necessity and coping mechanism is now a hobby and done strictly for enjoyment," says the artist of his work.
The exhibit is currently on view and will continue through the end of the month. You can see Roa's work at The Women's Club of Raleigh, 3300 Women's Club Drive. For more information visit the website, or call 919-782-5599. 
Click here for tickets

Western NC!
Join Us for Accessibility 101!

The Ashe County Arts Council, in partnership with Arts Access and the North Carolina Arts Council are pleased to offer a workshop that will enable cultural organizations to better include people with disabilities. The workshop will cater to administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, teachers, docents, box office staff, and additional front line staff at cultural arts organizations.
Participants will learn:
  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts arts organizations
  • Common accommodations for customers with disabilities and where to find them
  • Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications and assisting someone
  • Emergency procedures and safety issues
  • Steps for writing your organization’s ADA plan  

When: Monday, March 20th, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Ashe Arts Center, 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson

Register: email or call the Arts Council 336.846-2787

Cost: Free

The Kennedy Center VSA has announced their call for entries for the 2017 International Young Soloists Competition. Soloists or ensembles of any musical genre, from classical to hip-hop are eligible to submit. Winners will be awarded $2,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Check out last year's performance archived at the Kennedy Center website! The deadline for entry is February 8, 2017. Learn more about how to enter.
Best of luck, from Arts Access!


Accessibility at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is announcing a beneficial alteration to their accessibility offerings. Due to increased requests, the museum will offer pre-scheduled guided tactile tours twice monthly. The tours remain free, and are an hour & a half long. Pre-registration is required, and additional accommodations can be made. For more information, including a complete tour schedule through June, visit their website.

The museum's Naturalist Program is an opportunity for visitors and teachers to attend classes which can be tailored for specific audiences, from youth to adults with or without special needs. On Mondays, the unique hands-on exhibit, the Naturalist Center, is closed to the public and reserved for these free programs. Participants learn to be scientists with a live animal presentation and tour of the exhibit. Programs can be scheduled any Monday between 9 – 5 PM. For more information and to register, visit the Museum’s accessibility website.


Friday, February 10, 2017
9:30 a.m.-noon | Herbert C. Young Community Center    
101 Wilkinson Avenue
Stop by and see what your community has to offer! Persons with disabilities, parents and care providers are invited to this FREE event for a time of resource sharing and networking. Service animals are permitted. Community organizations and agencies that offer services for persons with disabilities will be on hand to share information about what they have to offer to the community.  

Google Accessibility Maps!

A recent article presenting Google Maps recently announced accessibility features. The mobile app now includes features of the business searched, such as business hours, atmosphere, accepted payment methods, and wheelchair accessibility, completely crowdsourced. Search any local business to see what people have said!

Kudos To Our Partners in Access!


We are celebrating Martha Keravuori, friend, former board member and organizer of the Woman's Club of Raleigh Arts Fest that features artists with disabilities.

Upcoming AD Performances:

Violet at Hoof 'n' Horn Theatre, January 29, 2:00pm

Intimate Apparel at Playmakers Repertory, January 31, 7:30pm

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Durham Performing Arts Center, February 4, 8:00pm

The Little Mermaid at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, February 11, 2:00pm

Saturday Night Fever at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, February 18, 2:00pm

One Man, Two Guvnors at Raleigh Little Theatre, February 19, 3:00pm

Shen Yun at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, February 25, 2:00pm

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at Durham Performing Arts Center, February 25, 8:00pm

Zuccotti Park by Justice Theatre, February 26, 3:00pm

Once Upon A Mattress at Meredith College Jones Auditorium, February 26, 3:00pm

Still Life With Iris at Cary Arts Center, February 26, 3:00pm

Twelfth Night at Playmakers Repertory, March 7, 7:30pm

The Bodyguard at Durham Performing Arts Center, March 18, 8:00pm

When She Had Wings at Raleigh Little Theatre, March 26, 5:00pm






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