Arts Access Chautauqua: Here I Am (25 Years Later)

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How are the arts more accessible today for people (including artists) with disabilities than when the ADA became law 25 years ago? And why is it important to individuals and arts organizations?

Join VSA Minnesota for a statewide conference on Friday-Saturday, September 25-16 at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis, to explore all the issues, successes and challenges remaining for people with disabilities to participate fully as audience, artists and administrators.

VSA Minnesota is reviving the 140-year-old idea of a Chautauqua (pronounced sha-tawk-wa), an Iroquois word that came to identify an adult education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances. This Arts Access Chautauqua will feature:



20+ performers Friday evening — introduced by performer Leslye Orr
Performers at daytime showcases;
Speakers (VSA Minnesota, Interact Center, State Arts Board, more);
14 panel presentations;
7 networking groups (musicians, actors, writers, storytellers, dancers, visual artists, audience members, and administrators);
45 artists’ work in a “Here I Am” art show and sale



Artists with (or without) disabilities;
People who work with or artists with disabilities;
Arts administrators/staff who want to make shows more “accessible”;
Other administrators and board members seeking ways to be inclusive;
Advocates for fair opportunities and accommodations in the arts;
Audience members who want to increase their enjoyment of the arts.



Register for 2 days – 1 day – or the Friday show!
BOTH DAYS: $50 ($60 after Sept. 15, $70 on the first day of the conference),
Friday only: $35 (includes Friday night show/reception; $40 after 9/15, $45 on 9/25),
Saturday only: $25 ($30 after 9/15, $35 on 9/26),
Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 PM show/reception only: $15 ($8 student)

Registration includes:
Breakfast/lunch/refreshments/ Friday eve reception;
Accommodations (ASL interpreting, captioning, audio description, large print);
A Personal Care Attendant may accompany a conference participant at no charge.

Hotel accommodations available one block away (See Accommodations)



Speakers include individuals and organization representatives for the State Arts Board, Interact Center (St. Paul), Mixed Blood Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Fringe Festival, University Disability Studies, Department of Transportation, Vision Loss Resources, Giving Voice Choir, History Theatre, Kairos Alive, Accessible Web Design, Radio Talking Book, Metro Deaf School, DeafBlind Services, VSA Minnesota and more.




Call: 612-332-3888, 612-305-0132 or 800-801-3883.
Email: Shelia Bland, Chautauqua coordinator,
Mail: VSA Minnesota, 528 Hennepin Ave., #305, Minneapolis, MN 55403



This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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