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            March 23, 2017 
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VAE Call for Art!!!

VAE Raleigh is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming exhibition, ULTRALIGHT. The exhibition will feature artwork by artists with disabilities, which challenges the viewing public's preconceived notions about what it means to live with a disability. Artists are encouraged to draw inspiration from the following questions:
  • What physically creates a barrier to access?
  • How does communication prevent access?
  • How do attitudes surrounding disability prevent access?
  • What does celebrating life living with a disability look like to you?
  • What do you wish more people knew about living with a disability?
ULTRALIGHT is a juried exhibition, and open to all artists who identify as having a disability. The VAE is excited to have as guest juror, Ruth Gould, Artistic Director of DaDa Fest in Liverpool, UK. 

All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 27! More information can be found at the VAE Raleigh website. 
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A Series of Fortunate Events!

Arts Access is thrilled to present A Series of Fortunate Events, which brings together five talented artists with disabilities, throughout the month of May! For 34 years, Arts Access has worked diligently to make the arts in North Carolina accessible to those with disabilities. With this series, we are featuring artists who bring their skills and talents directly to the arts world. Our series includes:
  • VIP Kickoff party at VAE Raleigh - a special sneak preview of their new exhibit, ULTRALIGHT, featuring work from artists with disabilities.
  • Authors' Reading at United Arts Council - 3 writers with disabilities discuss their books and their creative pursuits.
  • House Concert at the Paramount - Singer/Songwriter, Chris Hendricks, in an intimate musical performance.
  • Theatrical Showcase at Raleigh Little Theatre - A theatrical survey from Shakespeare to musical theatre featuring a variety of actors with disabilities.
  • Documentary Film screening at Cary Theatre - In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, we will view Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me, followed by a post-film discussion and performance by Tommy and the Triangle Alliance Chorus.


Sponsorships are available. Click the sponsor tab, or contact Betsy Ludwig, 919-833-9919 or

News from 
Arts Access' Artist Link Project

We are excited to announce that our directory of artists has increased by 45% since the new year! Stay tuned for more meetings and information as reach continues to grow. If you would like to be included click below.
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. We want to connect you with resources and help promote your work. Register here.

Calling All Artists!!

There are lots of opportunities for artists around the state of North Carolina and beyond. Check out a few local calls for art below!
  • National Folk Festival - GREENSBORO - Juried handmade Arts & Crafts Market. Festival runs September 8 - 10 in Greensboro, NC. Entry deadline is March 24, 11:55pm.
  • ULTRALIGHT - RALEIGH - VAE is accepting submissions for ULTRALIGHT - an exhibition about disability created by artists living with disabilities. Exhibit will run May 5 - May 25. Deadline is March 27, 11:59pm
  • Tipping Paint Gallery - RALEIGH - Accepting submissions for Eggistentialism - an exhibit about eggs and chickens. Proceeds to benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County. Show runs throughout the month of May. Deadline is April 9
  • Sampson Arts Council - CLINTON - Juried photography show for entrants ages 14 and up. Show will run May 25 - July 13. Deadline is April 20.

For more opportunities visit NC Arts Everyday!

Young Artists!!!
Opportunities from the VSA

Yo Soy... Je Suis... I Am Because You Are
This year's theme: Ubuntu
Through shared art experiences, our humanity becomes bound in the humanity of those around us. In Southern Africa this concept is called Ubuntu: a word that means "human-ness"or "humanity towards others."Colloquially, this philosophy becomes I am because you are. My humanity is connected to yours.

Deadline: June 7, 2017
Who: Children with a disability grades Pre-K - 12 (or equivalent)

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program 2017

This year's theme: Electrify!
Art should excite our senses, awaken our curiosity, and electrify our very being. It has the ability to invigorate and empower the artist and viewer alike, but just as important, art can spark empathy and ignite understanding. 

This year's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program's theme is Electrify!, and we're seeking artwork that is charged with ideas, that acts as a conduit for creative reflection on the past, explores the "now," and invokes a future full of possibility and inclusivity. 

Deadline: May 3, 2017
Who: Artists with disabilities ages 16 - 25


Cary Theatre Presents:
Son of PlaySlam!
One Night Only!

For one night only Cary Theatre presents "Son of PlaySlam!", a 3-minute NC-play contest. The audience will vote on their top six of eleven. Winners will present a second 3-minute play, and the audience will then vote for the overall victor! 

Date: April15
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Cary Theatre (122 E Chatham St.)
Tickets: $13 ($11 for seniors, vets, students).

All the details can be found here!

The show will feature the talented, Doug Kapp, who you may have seen in productions around Raleigh. Look for another opportunity to see Doug at Arts Access' Series of Fortunate Events coming in May!

Kudos To Our Partners in Access!

   The Learning Community for
Universal Access to the Arts

The Arts Learning Community for Universal Access consists of Wake County arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities. Pictured here are members from SertomaArts Center, International Focus, and Arts Access attending Marbles Family Fun Night to share information about the arts with families and children with disabilities.

Upcoming AD Performances:


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

Something Rotten at Durham Performing Arts Center, April 8, 8:00pm 

The Royale at Burning Coal Theatre, April 9, 2:00pm

Mousetrap at Cary Arts Center, April 9, 3:00pm

My Fair Lady at Playmakers Repertory, April 11, 7:30pm

Jesus Christ Superstar at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, April 15, 2:00pm

Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, April 22, 2:00pm

James and the Giant Peach at Raleigh Little Theatre, April 30, 5:00pm

A Piece of My Heart at Raleigh Little Theatre, May 14, 3:00pm

The Neverending Story at Cary Arts Center, May 14, 3:00pm

Matilda at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, May 27, 2:00pm

Finding Neverland at Durham Performing Arts Center, May 27, 8:00pm

The King & I at Durham Performing Auditorium, June 10, 8:00pm







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