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United Arts Council

Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

Learning Community photo
Learning Community members gather at May Learning Lunch.


The Arts Learning Community for Universal Access consists of arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities.

This collective, funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, kicked off its program in August 2015 with the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Upcoming Events:

April 20—Raleigh Universal Access Day 2017

Examples of projects undertaken by learning community participants include 

bathroom signage
Visual Art Exchange, accessible restroom signage
  • updating wayfinding signage within participant's building,

  • creating large print playbills,

  • creating bilingual event flyers,

  • removing a wall to make a gallery more accessible,

  • installing a hearing loop,

  • including more information about venue/event accessibility on web site,

  • changing the design and location of a front desk,

  • moving a monthly public performance from an inaccessible upstairs location to an entry level location, and

  • adding audio described performances for the blind and low vision community.


Congratulations to the organizations joining/rejoining the learning community for 2016-17:

To learn more about the ADA Learning Community, contact Ragen Carlile at rcarlile@unitedarts.org or (919) 839-1498, ext. 209.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

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