Accessibility in the Arts Online Convening

NDCA Accessibility in the Arts Convening Promo piece with the date of September 24th and NDCA and ND Assistive logo
A one-day free online Convening focusing on accessibility within the arts for individuals and arts organizations. Registration is required, please register online at

About this Event

North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) along with its Convening partner, ND Assistive, is hosting a free, online, one-day Accessibility in the Arts Convening.

As accessibility compliance is a priority with state and federal funding, NDCA grantees are encouraged to attend! We will focus on the importance of accessibility within organizational operations, facilities and programming, as well as social media. Other topics will include getting to know Arts Access for All, and learning about accessibility tips and best practices. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA as well. This free online Convening is open to the public, but registration is required.


9:30-9:45am – Brief Introduction, Celebration of 30 years of the ADA

9:45-10:00am - Assistive Devices Demonstration by Tami Ternes, ND Assistive

10:00am-11:45pm – “Social Media and the ADA” with Rocky Mountain ADA Center/Emily Shuman (tentative break at 10:45-10:50am)

11:45am-12:00pm – Performance by Kimberly Forness-Wilson, artist, musician

12:00-12:30pm – Lunch on your own

12:30-2:00pm – "The Art of Access – Training and Professional Development" with Upstream Arts, Inc./Julie Guidry

2:00-2:30pm – "Arts Access for All Organization Overview, and Accessibility Best Practices" with Dr. Maureen Kelly Jonason, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County


Arts and cultural organizations, nonprofits, and individuals.


Descriptions, Resources and More...

Descriptions, Resources and More...
Session Descriptions

"Accessible Social Media" Emily Shuman, Rocky Mountain ADA

Social media is now the number one way people connect with each other and an estimated 20% of the population has a disability. If your social media content isn’t accessible to people with disabilities, you’re significantly limiting your reach and effectiveness on these platforms and making it harder for people to connect with you. This course will cover how to make social media content more accessible to everyone and why it’s worth doing.

"The Art of Access – Training and Professional Development" Julie Guidry, Upstream Arts

Access isn’t only about ramps and sign language interpretation; access is an attitude! “The Art of Access” is an interactive training that examines how to “universally design” performances, exhibits, educational programming, and other events for people of all ages and abilities. We adapt this program for a wide range of participants—artists, educators, support staff, curators and organizations—anyone interested in using an artistic lens to learn best practices and tools in making their work or services accessible to the most diverse of audiences.

"Arts Access for All organization overview, and Accessibility best practices" Dr. Maureen Kelly Jonason, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Maureen and Sherry and Jesse Shirek co-founded Arts Access for All, a consortium of arts organizations in Fargo dedicated to increasing accessibility to the arts to people with disabilities. She will talk about their journey together to build the consortium and the work they have achieved since 2013 and will go over some ADA best practices for arts organizations.