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United Arts Council

Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

Arts Access event photo
As part of its 2017 A Series of Fortunate Events, Arts Access hosted a reading of writers with disabilities at United Arts in May. 

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.

Since 2015, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County have partnered to offer a yearlong arts learning community that uses a collaborative approach to advocating for and improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. 

2017-2018 Learning Community
Arts Together
CAM Raleigh
Cary Arts Center
El Pueblo
Marbles Kids Museum
NC Arts Council
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
NCSU Gregg Museum
NCSU Theatre
Raleigh Little Theatre
Sertoma Art Center
VAE Raleigh
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

Examples of projects undertaken by learning community participants include 

  • updating wayfinding signage within participant's building,

  • creating large print playbills,
    bathroom signage
    Visual Art Exchange, accessible restroom signage
  • 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.


To learn more about the ADA Learning Community, contact Ragen Carlile at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 209.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

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