Take the Art-Reach Cohort LEAP for the inaugural 2022-23 year!
A year-long commitment to online professional learning. This opportunity is designed for:
- Cultural arts professionals in their early to mid-career level
- Seasoned advocates who want to continue their understanding of accessibility services
- Senior Administrators striving for change within their organization
- Health and Human Service Care Teams wishing to expand offerings to clients.
- Disability Self-advocates who wished to better understand the full spectrum of the disability community
Participants will build knowledge and skills in cultural accessibility and inclusion for their personal and organizational growth and development.
Join the Art-Reach team along with experienced educators and consultants with expertise in content areas to lead five online workshops throughout the year. Each workshop will build upon the next; adding valuable resources, reflection points, and action steps to growth.
In addition, participants will receive access to the Cultural Accessibility Conference & an invitation to reflection conversations with presenters in our webinar series, Cultural Access Forum & Exchange (CAFE) which take place in January, March, and May of 2023.
Voluntary reading, viewing, and listening assignments will be shared prior to every workshop, along with a toolkit to build capacity for growth and strategic development within your organization. All sessions will be hosted in zoom meeting, variable learning styles are welcome and we will work with your access needs, sessions will be recorded and transcribed for later review.
Cohort LEAP Calendar
Cultural Accessibility Conference
Class 1: History of Disability Rights Movement with Ross Newton Ph.D. - HEC Academy, Northampton, MA
Class 2: Access Services and Equipment with Hands Up Productions
Winter Asynchronous Class: Americans with Disabilities Act & Language
View Art-Reach Pre-Recorded Classes to better understand the Americans with Disabilities Act and its application in the cultural sector. Understand the current landscape of language, whether it is person-first language and/or identity-first language, recognize the fluidity, and how to be an ally in building awareness, humility, and patience.
Class 3: Blind and Low Vision Experience with Vision Link
February 7, 2023 4 – 6 PM
Learn how folks who are blind or have low vision navigate through the world and what are the tools and services that they have found to be most effective for their needs in an arts and cultural space. Learn about technological and physical barriers and how smartphones, service animals, and verbal description have allowed for greater independence and experiences.
Class 4: Creative Aging with Creative Spark
April 11, 2023 4 – 6PM
This is not your usual Zoom workshop! Bring your imagination, paper, and pen. When possible, cameras on. Discover the fundamental principles of creative aging to develop and deliver programs that inspire and engage older adults. Guided by research and best practices, this interactive workshop will boost your current understanding to address social connection, growth, wellness, and culture shift.
Class 5: Cohort Reports
June 13, 2023 4 – 6PM
After a year of the conference, workshops, and reflections, Cohort participants present their traffic light reports to their classmates. What are the greenlights that can begin in the Fall of 2023, what still needs research, funding, and feedback, and what areas at the red lights need further time, resources, and buy-in.
Cohort LEAP was built from the consistent and inclusive learning experiences provided by regional accessibility consortiums, and an advisory committee of disability self-advocates, allies, and service providers. Learning content will cover federal policy and practices, current topics and trends, principles of disability justice and inclusive design.