Art and accessibility in the West. WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is hosting a symposium to address issues, review developments, and identify opportunities for access to the arts for people with disabilities and older Americans. The purpose of 'From insight to innovation: Art and accessibility in the West' is to provide an opportunity for arts organizations in the West to move toward accessibility for all people.
Art and accessibility in the West.Art and accessibility in the West
WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is hosting a symposium to address issues, review developments, and identify opportunities for access to the arts for people with disabilities and older Americans. The purpose of 'From insight to innovation: Art and accessibility in the West' is to provide an opportunity for arts organizations in the West to move toward accessibility for all people.
The symposium is designed to provide accessibility education, information, and consultation to state arts agency staffs and the staffs of arts service organizations to improve access to quality arts experiences for older Americans and persons with disabilities. Attendees from the states served in the WESTAF region -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming -- will be able to use this experience as a leadership opportunity to share newly acquired information and resources with their constituent communities.
The conference opens with a presentation by Anthony Radich, Executive Director, WESTAF and a Panel/General Session: Artist Perspectives on Accessibility.
Other sessions will include: Accessible Organizations: Evaluation and Developing a 504/ADA Plan; Strategies for Funding Access; Technology and Accessibility; Model Programs: Museums and Public Art.
A few of the many presenters are: Margaret Brommelsiek, New Mexico Arts - Suzanne Channell, Nevada Arts Council - Denise Chavez, Border Book Festival, Las Cruces, NM - Charlene Curtiss, Light Motion Dance, Seattle, WA - Christine D'Arcy, Oregon Arts Commission - Gene Dugan, Out North, Anchorage, AK - Cate Foltin, Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA - Julie Gebron, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR - Ricardo Gil, Artist, Albany, CA - Phyllis Hairston, Ohio Arts Council - Terry "Herk"Herkimer, performance artist, photographer and songwriter - Kathleen Keys, Idaho Commission on the Arts - Ann-Ellen Lesser, A-EL Projects, Spencertown, NY - Lynn Manning, Playwright, Los Angeles, CA - Kathy Martinez, World Institute on Disability, Oakland, CA - Evelyn Mason, VSA Idaho, Boise, ID - Damon McLeese, VSA arts of Colorado - Damian Pickering, Rose Resnick LightHouse for the Visually Impaired - Janel Quirante, Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco - Olivia Raynor, National Arts and Disability Center - David Roche, Performing Artist, Mill Valley, CA - Robert Shuckahosee, Accessibility Consultant, American Indian - Communities, Polson, MT - Judith Smith, AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA - Joel Snyder, National Endowment for the Arts - Paula Terry, National Endowment for the Arts - Cindy Wynn, ARTability-Accessing Arizona's Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Artists works and performance highlighted at the conference include THE ROTATING GALLERY, a travelling show of artwork that celebrates disability culture; Wheelchair Dance with Charlene Curtiss, Light Motion Dance and a Performance by David Roche.
At a closing General Session: Next Steps -- Where do we go from here? attendees will be asked to develop a set of challenges or actions steps that organizations and individuals can take back to their respective states. The following questions will be addressed:
What can cultural organizations do to raise awareness and expand opportunities within their own organizations and programs?
What can cultural organizations accomplish by working with others?
How can cultural organizations effectively communicate with, and market to, people with disabilities and/or advocate on behalf of more programs and opportunities for a broader audience?
The Conference is coordinated by Pamela Walker, an artist and national leader in the area of arts and disabilities. It is being sponsored the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation and the Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.
Registration is $150 if received before October 31, 2000. For additional information, please visit the WESTAF Web site or call 303-629-1166.
OAKLAND, CA December 14-16, 2000 Oakland Marriott City Center