Vermont Arts Council

The Art of Inclusion

Toby McNutt. Photo by David Punia.

April 5, 2017

9 – registration opens (refreshments available)

9:45 – welcome from Arts Council staff

9:50 – opening remarks
What does it mean to provide access and inclusion in cultural organizations?

Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center | Deborah Lisi-Baker, UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

10:15 – art moment: excerpt from “(It Takes) Two”
Toby MacNutt, choreographer and performer

10:30 – break

10:45 – creating a physically accessible environment that welcomes audiences, artists, volunteers, and others

How can we ensure that programs and activities are accessible to everyone? Presenters will share ways to provide accessible and inclusive arts and cultural experiences in both contemporary and historic facilities.

moderator: Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center
presenters: Toby MacNutt, multidisciplinary artist and teacher | Peter Kriff, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council | Gary Clark, Vermont Studio Center | Mike Charron, Vermont Center for Independent Living

12 – thoughts on inclusion
Nicole Villemaire and Heidi Swevens, VSA Vermont

12:15 – lunch

1 – gathering and remarks
Alex Aldrich, Vermont Arts Council

1:15 – art moment: excerpt from “In Search of Air: Growing up Dyslexic”
Lida Winfield, choreographer and performer

Lida Winfield. Photo by Gene Parulis

1:45 – engaging people with diverse learning styles, abilities, and interests through the power of the creative process

Presenters will provide information and examples of how to welcome and engage individuals with non-apparent disabilities in your organizations programs, activities, and events. Learn about modifications that can benefit all ages and abilities, such as quiet break spaces, sensory-friendly materials, pre-visit stories, and relaxed performances.

moderator: Sarah Launderville, Vermont Center for Independent Living
presenters: John Killacky and Kat Redniss, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts | Caroline Whiddon and Ronald Braunstein, ME2/Orchestra | Lisa Condino, VSA Vermont teaching artist | Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center

3 – break

3:15 – art moment: recitation
Deborah Lisi-Baker, poet

3:20 – enhancing the arts experience through effective communication for individuals with vision or hearing loss

Participants will be introduced to current auxiliary aids and services that provide effective communication and make programs inclusive, enjoyable and accessible for all. Presenters will give examples of how arts and cultural organizations can meet their obligations while welcoming a broader community of artists and audiences to their missions, programs and activities.

moderator: Deborah Lisi-Baker, UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
presenters: Peter Johnke, Vermont Center for Independent Living | Keri Darling, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services | Jean Shiner, Arts Patron | Bridget McBride, Vermont Interpreter Referral Service | Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center

4:45 – Agile Nonprofit next steps
Sarah Mutrux and Michele Bailey, Vermont Arts Council

admin-place March 10, 2017