January 12, 2018
Arts Access Newsletter
To see upcoming Audio Described Performances, scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter. For a full listing of Audio Described Performances, visit our website.
Audio Describer Training
Audio Describer Training 

Friday, Jan. 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
AND Saturday, Jan. 20, 9am - 4:00 pm

Arts Access Office
505 Oberlin Road, Raleigh


For more info, visit:

Foundations- Building Blocks for Becoming a Working Artist

Tuesday, January 23, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
@  Imurj Gallery
300 South McDowell Street, Raleigh


For more info, visit:
Accessibility 101
Accessibility 101

Monday, January 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
@ Arts Council of Wayne County 
102 North John Street, Goldsboro


To request accommodations, please contact  /  919-736-3300 OR /  919-833-9919
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Arts and Peer Support Group

Every Wednesday!
January dates: January 17, 24 and 31 

CARRBORO - Arts and Peer Support Groups sessions are free and held every Wednesday, from 3:30-4:45pm at the NCATI office (200 N. Greensboro Street, D-6, Carrboro, 27510). No group meetings in the month of July.

Attendees must be over the age of 18 and self-identify as an artist living with a mental illness. Questions? Contact Hillary at

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High Five Buddies 

Next Class: January 20th, 10-11am

FUQUAY-VARINA - Once a month dance classes for children with disabilities. Studio 5 ensures participants learn dance, work on motor skills and get some social interaction in a fun-filled, loving environment. More information on Studio 5's Website. Free of charge

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, please email 
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Marbles Kids Museum Family Fun Night

February 13, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

RALEIGH - After-hours event for children with special needs to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. Free and exclusively for kids with special needs and their families.

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Access Theatre Now

Session 4: March 6 - April 24

RALEIGH - For ages 10-20, this theatre class is specifically designed for young people with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities. Students build their acting and improvisation skills by taking on new characters and imagined circumstances based on a different story each week. 

Session 4 begins March 6. Registrations are being accepted now at Raleigh Little Theatre's website.

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ULTRALIGHT 2 is a juried exhibition, open to artists who identify as having a disability. Entries due by April 6. 

ULTRALIGHT 2 is an exhibition of artwork about disability, created by artists living with disabilities. VAE is offering a platform for artists who identify as living with disabilities to take back the narrative that is so often controlled by the medical field, media, and stereotypes. ULTRALIGHT 2 seeks to exhibit work that challenges the viewing public to leave their preconceived notions and sympathy at the door, and experience artwork that tells the real story of living disabilities and the current state of access. The exhibition breaks access into three parts: physical, communication, and attitude. We encourage artists to draw inspiration from these 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 disabilities look like to you?
  • What do you wish more people knew about living with disabilities?
For more information and to enter, visit VAE's site
Annual Women's Club of Raleigh Art Competition

The Women's Club of Raleigh will hold their annual Art Festival Monday, January 29, 2018 from 12:00 - 8:00 PM at The Woman's Club of Raleigh (3300 Woman's club Drive, Raleigh NC 27612). Submissions from artists with disabilities are still being accepted in all age categories and mediums through January 20.
  • Student artists, grades 6-12 may submit works in Visual Arts, Crafts, or Photography categories.
  • Adult artists 18+ may submit works in Music, Visual Arts, Crafts, or Photography categories.
Contact Martha Keravouri at 919-833-0200 or for more information.
Jennifer Marshburn

We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm goodbye to one of our fellow employees.

Jennifer Marshburn, Program Coordinator, left Arts Access at the end of December.

Thank you for your work and we wish you well, Jennifer! 
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By the Numbers: 
6 Workshops + 150 Individual Workshop Participants
2 community cultural organizations receiving support
2 WCPSS elementary schools receiving support  
17 Workshop Panelists and Presenters 
In Photos: 
Here's a look back in photographs, as well as some specifics about each workshop.


For a full listing of Audio Described Performances, visit our website.

Love Letters at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, January 13, 2:00pm

The Normal Heart at Burning Coal, January 21, 2:00pm

What We’re Up Against at Raleigh Little Theatre, January 21, 3:00pm

Les Miserables at Durham Performing Arts Center, February 3, 8:00pm

The Christians at Playmakers Repertory, February 6, 7:30pm

Seussical: The Musical at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, February 8, 7:30pm

Almost Maine at Cary Players, February 11, 3:00pm

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