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North Carolina Museum of History Increases Accessibility

In case you haven't heard, the North Carolina Museum of History recently unveiled a new exhibit about a Raleigh designer, Made Especially for You by Willie Kay. The museum has included some really wonderful accessibility measures with this exhibit, including:

  • An audio described tour of the exhibit
  • ASL interpretation at Justin LeBlanc’s lecture on February 13, 3:00pm
  • Audio and closed captioning of oral history accounts
  • Touchable fabric swatches like those in some of the dresses
  • Touchable dress silhouettes
  • Spanish language label copy
  • Tours for people with accessibility needs, on request. Call Debra Nichols at 919-807-7986

Arts Access has been working with the museum on accessibility and inclusion & is so happy with all the work they've done in this direction. This is a beautiful exhibit, so make sure to check it out! 

ASL-Interpreted Performances
Thursday, January 28 at 8:00pm, Raleigh Little Theatre will offer ASL interpretation of Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly. Audio description for this production has been moved to Sunday, January 31 at 8:00pm due to weather cancellations.

In case you didn't know, PlayMakers Repertory Company usually offer ASL interpretation and open captioning for their productions. ASL is usually available the same night as audio description, while open captioning is usually available for a separate performance. Click here for more information on accessibility at PlayMakers.
Click here for information & registration for the Accessibility 101 workshop
Arts Access in Fayetteville
On Monday, February 1, Arts Access will partner with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for two inclusive arts events:

Accessibility 101

This workshop will enable cultural organizations to better include people with disabilities. It caters to administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, docents, box office staff, and additional front-of-house staff at cultural arts organizations.

Click here to learn more or sign up!

Fayetteville Inclusive Arts Meeting

Join Arts Access and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County as they host a community meeting at the Arts Council for anyone interested in arts and disability issues in the Fayetteville area. The event is free, but we ask that you call 919.833.9919 or email Lee to register. Visit our website for more info.  

Click here for information & registration for the Arts for All workshop
Arts for All
Including School-Age Children with Disabilities in Arts Education
Saturday, February 6, 9:30-4:00pm

Arts Access, Inc. presents a one-day workshop for teaching artists, arts educators, and general education classroom teachers led by Jaehn Clare on strategies for including children of all abilities in arts education activities. 

This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This workshop is being presented in partnership with the Pitt County Arts Council, NC Arts Council, Department of Public Instruction and East Carolina University School of Art.
Click here for information & registration for NCAPVI's Paren't Education Session

Free Event for Families of Children who are Blind or Low-Vision

The North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NCAPVI) is hosting a free education day at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind on Saturday, January 30.

The event offers several workshops throughout the day, including Inclusive Arts! There are many ways children and youth with disabilities can participate in a variety of visual and performing arts. Join Betsy Ludwig, the Executive Director of Arts Access, and Alice Zincone, the art teacher from Governor Morehead School for the Blind, in the stimulating workshop, Inclusive Arts! You will be provided with resources for community arts participation and ideas for creative art experiences.
Click here for more information on the disAbilities MATTER forum

Audio Described Community Forum in Hillsborough

The purpose of this annual Forum is to highlight and discuss historical or current issues of civil rights and/or social justice. Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott has agreed to kick off the Forum with a discussion about the ADA and the showing of 1 or 2 of her short films. A panel of experts and members of the disability community will discuss various issues on the topic of disabilities and offer remedies to continuing barriers to equal access.

Fee: Free

Whitted Human Services Building (300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough)

Live entertainment will start at 2:30 p.m.

Click here for more information. To request accommodations, call 919-245-2487.

Arts Access will provide audio description for this event.

Deadline Approaching: VSA International Young Soloists Award Program
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Deadline for entries: February 10, 2016
Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Click here for more information!

Upcoming AD Performances:

Blue Sky at Burning Coal, January 31, 2:00pm

Stick Fly at Raleigh Little Theatre, January 31, 8:00pm

Grease at North Carolina Theatre, February 13, 2:00pm

The Lion King at Durham Performing Arts Center, February 19, 7:30pm

Tuesdays with Morrie at Justice Theater Project, February 20, 8:00pm

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