Accessibility in the Arts Online Convening

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As accessibility compliance is mandated by state and federal laws, NDCA grantees are encouraged to learn more about the topic! In this 4-hour Accessibility Convening, organizations will learn why -- and how -- to make their nonprofit or business more accessible. 

Join us on Thursday, October 13 from 8:30am to 12:30pm for NDCA's 2022 Online Accessibility in the Arts Convening.

  • Hear testimony from artists with disabilities 
  • Learn the 2010 ADA Standards: minimum requirements from Tess Stanton, Trainer, Rocky Mtn. ADA Center
  • Discover easy, cost-effective ways to be more accessible from Sam Gould, President, Executive Producer, Open Door Theater
  • Read through the ADA Checklist with NEA representatives Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director and Katharine Hayward, Disability Specialist  
  • Ask questions, share ideas, MAKE A PLAN!

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Agenda (Central Time):

  • 8:30 a.m. — Welcome
  • 8:40 a.m. — Testimonial #1 from Blind Joe
  • 9:00 a.m. — Presentation #1: Samantha (Sam) Gould, President, Executive Producer of Open Door Theater
    • Access on a Shoestring Budget
  • 9:50 a.m. — 10 minute break 
  • 10:00 a.m. — Presentation #2: Tess Stanton, Trainer from Rocky Mountain ADA Center
    • Introduction to 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Barrier Removal
  • 10:45 a.m. — Testimonial #2 from Scott Artley
  • 11:00 a.m. — Testimonial #3 from Katharine Hayward
  • 11:10 a.m. — Presentation #3: Katharine Hayward and Beth Bienvenu of NEA
    • Accessibility Requirements for Arts Organizations and Brief Accessibility Checklist
  • 11:30 a.m. — 10 minute break 
  • 11:40 a.m. — Break-out rooms
  • 12:00 p.m. — Q & A session
  • 12:30 p.m. — Accessibility in the Arts Convening Concludes


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Descriptions, Resources and More...

Descriptions, Resources and More...
  1. Album Cover photo with Blind Joe standing with cowboy hat and words "I will not comply"Blind Joe
    • Coming from nowhere to being one of the most successful solo musicians in the North Dakota/Minnesota area in just a few short years, Joe has shared the stage with numerous top local and regional acts, as well as national recording artists such as David Allan Coe, Craig Morgan, John Anderson, James Otto, Collin Ray,  Jake Owen, Buddy Guy, Bret Michaels of Poison, and many more. After multiple cross country tours, playing to thousands of fans and an excellent run on Season 9 of NBC’s The Voice, Blind Joe is fast becoming a household name.
  2. Waste up, greyscale photo of Scott Arley looking left, folded arms, toothy smile, clear glasses, baseball cap, striped, button-up, long-sleeve shirtScott Artley
    • With over ten years of professional and volunteer experience in the Twin Cities’ arts and cultural sector, Scott Artley (he/him/his and they/them/their) is Metropolitan Regional Arts Council's (MRAC's) first Accessibility Program Director. In this role, in addition to the work on grant programs, he develops resources targeted to artists with disabilities and organizations serving artists/audiences with disabilities; and coordinates efforts to ensure MRAC's own grant process, public meetings, trainings, and other activities are accessible to participants of all abilities.
  3. Waste-up photo of Katharine Hayward with apple red shirt, long, straight brown hair, pale skin, standing outside in front of brick wallKatharine Hayward
    • Katharine Hayward, Ph.D (she/her) recently joined the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as the Accessibility Specialist, bringing with her 20+ years of experience in working to increase physical and programmatic accessibility of the arts and professional development opportunities for artists with disabilities. She continues this work by providing technical assistance and training to improve accessibility for staff, students, audiences and artists with disabilities. In her testimonial, Katharine will share the barriers she has encountered as an arts patron with disability and strategies to remedy them.
  1. Access on a Shoestring Budget, by Sam Gould, President, Open Door Theater
    • Open Captioning? ASL Interpretation? Audio Description? Sensory Friendly Programming? If we can do it for a song, so can you! Let’s discuss best practices in a way that is affordable for all AND that your board will buy into.
    • Open Door Theater is an all volunteer, non-profit, multi-generational community theater with a social justice mission of access, inclusion and diversity since 1980. It was awarded the Most Accessible Cultural Organization in the Commonwealth from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Up Initiative in 2019.
    • Head and shoulders of Sam Gould with short dark hair, black shirt, pale skin and satisfied smileVolunteer President and Executive Producer who has been contributing to Open Door Theater’s accessibility work for over 22 years, J. Samatha Gould, Esq. ("Sam Gould”) is an attorney, mother, leader and innovator. She’s been known to direct, produce, costume, construct, style, and writes most of Open Door’s grants. Her initiatives have brought ASL interpretation, ASL workshops and advocacy, captioning at all performances, adding audio description and tactile tours for the blind, creating sensory-friendly events, and creating safe spaces for education opportunities for audience members, and training in the creation of relaxed performances. Sam Gould was recently recognized for a lifetime achievement award for her work in accessible theater by Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters in 2020 and in 2017 by the Federation of Children with Special Needs. 
  2. Introduction to 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Barrier Removal, by Tess Stanton, Trainer, Rocky Mountain ADA
    • Participants will receive an overview of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and how to use them. We will discuss common barriers to facility access in existing facilities, some of the minimum accepted scoping and technical requirements for common elements, and practical solutions for barrier removal.
  3. Accessibility Requirements for Arts Organizations and Brief Accessibility Checklist by Katharine Hayward and Beth Bienvenu, National Endowment for the Arts
    • Federally funded projects must be accessible to people with disabilities. The National Endowment for the Arts requires applicants to consider physical and programmatic accessibility as an integral part of each project’s planning and budgeting process. The presenters will review accessibility requirements for applicants and examples of planning for accessibility such as including the cost of access accommodations in the project’s budget (e.g. sign language interpreters and audio describers) or conducting programs in accessible venues other than their own organization in order to meet accessibility requirements.

2020 Recording of NDCA Online Accessibility Convening

  • The first 15 mins unfortunately did not get recorded but a you can view a copy of the presentation.
  • ASL interpretation was available during the presentation if you pinned their screen - unfortunately it is not available in the recording, but the Convening is closed captioned - to view click the "CC" icon on the YouTube video.
  • If interested, you can view the resources and information placed in the Chat section.