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United Arts Council

Universal Access Day 2017

Join Raleigh Arts for Universal Arts Day on Thursday April 20, 2017! There will be three presentations designed to gather the arts community around Accessibility and Universal Access. The workshops and sessions will be led by Betty Siegel Esq., Director of VSA and Accessibility, John F. Kennedy Center + Arts Learning Community for Universal Access members. You can join us for one session or come for the whole day! Morning sessions are at City Hall and the afternoon session is at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

RSVP with Arts Grant Coordinator Sarah Corrin, Sarah.corrin@raleighnc.gov, 919-996-4686

Cost: Free

Schedule

9 am: Accessibility at Festivals and Multi-Venue Events Workshop

10:45 am: Why It Matters – Accessibility as an Asset

2 pm: Best Practices in Accessible Ticketing

Full Session Descriptions

Accessibility at Festivals and Multi-Venue Events Workshop
9-10:30 am, Raleigh Municipal Building – City Council Chambers, 222 West Hargett Street, 2nd floor
Originally presented at last summer’s national Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities Conference, this workshop starts with the premise that creating great customer service experiences for people with disabilities leads to improved experiences for all festival attendees. Workshop participants will benefit from the experiences of three festival producers as they compare and contrast everything from the accommodations they provide to marketing tools, website design, accessibility guides and staff/volunteer training.
Presenters: Brandon Cordrey (VAE Raleigh- SPARKcon), Jamie Katz Court (PineCone- IBMA’s World of Bluegrass), & Brittany Pyle (Chicago Humanities Festival)

Why It Matters – Accessibility as an Asset
10:45am-12:45pm @Raleigh Municipal Building – City Council Chambers, 222 West Hargett Street, 2nd floor
The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates access for people with disabilities, but the real reasons for developing an inclusive and accessible arts organization is that it makes good business sense. Presenter Betty Siegel will make the case for how increasing accessibility makes patron experiences better for everyone and leads to better patron retention and loyalty. Members of Raleigh’s Arts Learning Community for Universal Access will highlight the new ways in which local arts organizations are working to better engage Deaf and disability community members in the arts.
Presenters: Betty Siegel Esq., Director of VSA and Accessibility, John F. Kennedy Center + Arts Learning Community for Universal Access members Brandon Cordrey, Carly Jones, & Megan Sullivan

Best Practices in Accessible Ticketing
2-4 pm @ Walnut Creek Wetland Center | 950 Peterson Street
Whether you are new to box office work or a veteran, you know that every performance venue has challenges when it comes to accessible ticketing and seating. Starting with an overview of best practices in accessible ticketing, this workshop will explore the unique challenges and creative solutions that come with welcoming people with disabilities into performance venues. An interactive session, participants are encouraged to bring their thorniest questions with which to stump the presenter!
Presenter: Betty Siegel Esq., Director of VSA and Accessibility, John F. Kennedy Center

RSVP with Arts Grant Coordinator Sarah Corrin, Sarah.corrin@raleighnc.gov, 919-996-4686

More information and register online.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002