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Arts & Disability Community Gatherings in Marshall & Windom

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On Tuesday, December 13 artists and arts patrons with disabilities, as well as arts or cultural organization representatives, are invited to a meeting in Marshall or Windom to share what is going well in creating or attending art, and what barriers remain to be able to participate in the arts. The Dec. 13 meetings are in:

Marshall: 2:00 to 3:30 PM at Southwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council office, 114 N. 3rd St.

Windom: 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Cottonwood County Historical Museum, 812 4th Avenue.

The 90-minute community meetings are part of a series of community meetings in nine towns conducted by VSA Minnesota, the state organization on arts and disability. Refreshments will be provided. The purpose is to gather feedback on what artists with disabilities have been doing, how arts patrons with disabilities are able to attend shows and exhibits, and questions or solutions offered by area arts organizations. If there are barriers, such as transportation or lack of art materials or classes, or questions about effective ways of serving people with disabilities in the arts, VSA Minnesota will offer suggestions or seek to find solutions in 2017. Regional Arts Council staff will also have information about their programs.

VSA Minnesota currently offers Emerging Artist Grants for Minnesota artists with disabilities (deadline is January 17, 2017), a statewide Accessible Arts Calendar, professional development for teachers and artists to work with students with disabilities, exhibits by artists with disabilities, and other accessibility resources and assistance for artists, patrons and organizations. For more details, go to http://www.vsamn.org.

Anyone with any disability – hearing, vision, cognitive, physical, mental, etc. – is invited to attend as well as arts administrators, board members, volunteers, patrons and arts or disability advocates. If you need ASL interpreting or other accommodations, please make your request by Friday, December 9.

Please RSVP so there will be enough chairs and cookies. Call 800-801-3883 toll-free or email Craig@vsamn.org. Please attend fragrance-free.

Other meetings include:

Thursday, December 15:

Braham:, 2:00 to 3:30 PM at the East Central Regional Arts Council office, 112 Main Street S.

Mankato: 2:00 to 3:30 PM at Arc of Minnesota SW office in the Centenary United Methodist Church, in the Heritage Room (first floor), 501 S. 2nd St.(corner of 2nd & Cherry).

Rochester: 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Southeast Minnesota Arts Council office, 2778 Commerce Dr. NW.

St. Cloud: 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 913 W. St. Germain.

Meetings in November attracted 15 to 20 people in each of Bemidji, Staples and Duluth.

Jon Skaalen
VSA Minnesota Access & Grants Coordinator
612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
jon@vsamn.org or access@vsamn.org or emerginggrant@vsamn.org
Website: www.vsamn.org

Accessible Arts Calendar: http://vsamn.org/community/calendar/

528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 305, Minneapolis MN 55403

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