The Art-Reach Cohort is a yearlong intensive for arts professionals to learn and develop skills - creating the future of accessible leadership and inclusive art-making.

Art-Reach Cohort

The Art-Reach Cohort begins October 10th, 2023 and runs the 2nd Tuesday of every month until May 14th, 2024.

Make a commitment to professional learning through this online program designed for cultural arts professionals in their early to mid-career level. 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 seasoned educators and consultants with expertise and experience in content areas to lead seven online workshops throughout the year.

Topics cover the Disability Rights Movement and Disability Justice, Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. Workshops also center the experiences and accessible services for people who are hard of hearing, adapted/augmented communicators, blind and low vision, and more. Each workshop will build upon the next, adding valuable resources, reflection points, and action steps to growth.

In addition, participants will receive an Art-Reach Workbook, access to the Art-Reach Conference (October 3-5th, 2023) and opportunities to engage in monthly podcast sessions with Art-Reach staff and guests.
All sessions will be hosted in zoom meeting, variable learning styles welcome and we will work with your access needs, sessions will be recorded and transcribed for later review.

Cohort Calendar

Class 1: Introduction, Soft Skills for Access Work & Network Weaving-Scott Artley, Cultural Accessibility Consultant
October 10, 2023, 4-6 PM Eastern Time
Class 2: History of Disability and the Disability Rights Movement – Ross Newton, PhD – HEC Academy, Northampton, MA
November 14, 2023 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Class 3: Disability Justice – Project LETS
December 12, 2023 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Class 4: Deaf Community/ Culture & ASL Interpretation – Hands Up Productions & Deaf Community Members
January 9, 2024 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Class 5: Captions, Devices, and Headphones: Access Services for the Hard of Hearing and Augmented Communicators- Dr. Tina Childress
February 13, 2024 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Class 6: Blind and Low Vision Experience- Vision Link
March 12, 2024 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Class 7: IDD Community- Beyond “Special”- Temple University Institute on Disability Roundtable
April 9, 2024 4-6 PM Eastern Time

Certificate of Completion & Reflections
May 14, 2024 4-6 PM Eastern Time


Learn about the Art-Reach Conference

Discover the Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) Series

Review Art-Reach’s Refund Policy

Please email to process payment through Invoice with the subject heading Re: Cohort Invoice Request.

The Art-Reach Cohort 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.