Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) creates dialogue between the cultural community and the human service sector to expand understanding and practice in accessibility.  

CAFE

What is CAFE?

Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange is dialogue series driven by Art-Reach. CAFE brings cultural organizations together with members of the disability and low-income communities to focus on improving cultural access for everyone.

This forum addresses issues of cultural accessibility in order to:

  • Enhance accessible accommodations offered by the Greater Philadelphia cultural community
  • Encourage arts providers within the sector to continue their efforts in making experiences accessible to patrons with disabilities
  • Expand awareness of the need for such efforts

CAFE was launched in 2015, during the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. Art-Reach believes that more can be done when we work together, and learn from one another. These forums invite the arts community and members of the disability community to share best practices, learn about advances in the field and hear from thought leaders in cultural accessibility from across the country.

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Upcoming CAFE sessions:

 

Inclusion + Accessibility within the DEI Conversation
Thursday, February 8th from 10-12pm

In recent years, Art-Reach has focused on Inclusion + Accessibility within our programming efforts. For us, the arts & cultural sector needs to not only invite diverse audiences into their spaces, but actually make sure that people with disabilities, and low-income communities, are represented as participants. The largest project in our 31-year history brought together six students from St Katherine’s Special Education School and eight dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company to create an original dance piece titled “I AM.” Even more exciting was that the process was filmed and resulted in a 40-minute documentary.

Join us as we invite the project’s choreographer, Jessica Kilpatrick, and the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Director of Community Engagement, Sarah Cooper, for a screening of the “I AM” film and discussion about the importance of (I+A) within the DEI conversation.

This event is presented in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. To learn more about the Cultural Alliance’s DEI efforts, go to www.philaculture.org/dei

This is a FREE event but registration is required. 

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Past presenters include:

The Makers of Fierce Kind of Love


Cultural Access Network Project


Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Dynah Haubert is a staff attorney with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and Johnny Crescendo a leader in the disabled people’s movement.


Roger Ideishi, Associate Professor of Instruction in Rehabilitation Sciences Program Director

Hearing concrete steps we can take and conceptual changes to new approaches was extremely helpful.

— CAFE participant