Enjoy! April 2024

DSAMn Gala  The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota hosts the Self-Advocate Gala, 7-9 p.m. Fri, April 5 at the Mpls […]

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DSAMn Gala 

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota hosts the Self-Advocate Gala, 7-9 p.m. Fri, April 5 at the Mpls Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Drive Brooklyn Park. 
The Self-Advocate Gala will include a night of desserts, dancing, friends and fun for individuals with Down syndrome, ages high school through adult. Cocktail attire suggested. A designated caregiver is required to check-in and out each attendee. Preregister. FFI: Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Events

What’s Up Dock? 

What’s Up Dock? at Interact Center for the Arts plays with idols, icons and pop culture, visions that linger in our collective memory – alternately dreamy, odd, funny, chilling – that might equally reflect our culture and ourselves. What’s Up Dock? is partly a study of the characters that haunt certain pockets of American culture. Come and spot favorite characters. Mingling in the sea of familiar faces are more nuanced icons: images of personal significance to their creators that further explore what makes something iconic in the first place. Interact Gallery is at 755 Prior Ave N, Suite 002D, St. Paul. The gallery is open by appointment through April 18. FFI: Interact Center for the Arts

Lifeworks gala 

The 2024 Lifeworks Annual Celebration is Thu, April 18 at the Depot, Mpls. The fundraising gala celebrates disability inclusion as the key that unlocks opportunities for people with disabilities across our communities. This year’s event will be emceed by A.J. Hilton of WCCO-TV and will feature stories of people with disabilities that partner with Lifeworks, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds of the evening directly benefit Lifeworks programs that serve more than 3,000 people with disabilities each year. Tickets are $150. FFI: Lifeworks Celebration 

Expo is April 20 

Sat, April 20 is the Discover Abilities Expo, a showcase of all-things adaptive sports and recreation in Minnesota. Many organizations that provide adaptive sports or recreational opportunities in Minnesota will be hand. 

The expo is designed both for individuals with disabilities (primary user of services) to learn about and try adaptive recreational opportunities as well as healthcare professionals, educators, students, volunteers and more to learn about adaptive sports and recreational opportunities. It is held at the University of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center, Mpls. and organized by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Sports and recreation Team. FFI: 612-775-2311, [email protected] 

Goo Goo Dolls at PACER 

The 2024 PACER Center benefit will feature the band the Goo Goo Dolls. The 41st annual benefit is Sat, April 27 at Mpls. Convention Center. Tickets are now available at a range of prices. Formed by Rzeznik and Takac in Buffalo, NY during 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls have quietly broken records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. FFI: 952-838-9000, [email protected], PACER Center.

The Art of We 

The Art of We: Are Still Celebrating, Upstream Arts’ Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser, is 6-9 p.m. Tue, May 21 at Luminary Art Center, Mpls., or online. The free annual celebration honors the community of program participants, partners, artists, and supporters to celebrate another year of work at the intersection of art, disability, and learning. It is also a fundraiser. Sponsors are still needed. Preregister. FFI: Upstream Arts.

Open Flow Forum 

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates are  April 4 and May 2. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater and artistic efforts or disability issues. Facilitators are Tara Innmon and Andy Sturdevant from Springboard for the Arts. Anyone needing accommodations including ASL interpreting or captioning should contact Sturdevant at Springboard. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, [email protected], [email protected]

Resources to Enjoy! 

The Enjoy! listings are for arts events as well as banquets, fundraisers, walks and other fun events by and for disability services organizations. Schedules may be subject to change, so check with a venue or organization before making plans. Arrange for disability accommodations well in advance at any event. 

Disability service organizations typically send e-news blasts and have social media. Both are other ways to find out about events. 

The Minnesota Access Alliance (MNAA) provides an Accessible Arts & Culture Calendar for arts patrons who use accessibility accommodations such as audio description, captioning, ASL interpreting and sensory-friendly accommodations. Link to more details at https://calendar.mnaccess.org. Be sure to check the listing or venue to find out any COVID-19 protocols and if an advance reservation is needed for an accessibility service.

Accessible events can be submitted to the MNAA Calendar (and MinnesotaPlaylist.com) 
To receive a free monthly events calendar, email [email protected] and/or [email protected]. Ask for the entire events list or specific lists for ASL interpreting, captioning, audio description, sensory-friendly accommodations or disability-related topics. 

For other accessibility resources or upcoming webinars presented by MNAA, sign up for emails at Minnesota Access Alliance

Post your event online 

Access Press is moving more event listings online. There is a word limit and we require that those posting information include event costs as well as accommodations. Are ASL and AD offered? Is there companion seating? A quiet room? Fidgets? COVID-19 protocols? 

Accommodations are much more than a ramp for many of us. That kind of information can help someone decide whether or not to attend an event. 

To post an event, go to Add New Event. This is for Minnesota-focused, disability community events. it is not for business advertising for events that aren’t sponsored by a disability group or organization or that do not have a disability focused.  Consider that a small web or print ad can also generate interest in an upcoming event. For questions about ads, email [email protected] 

Access Press reserves the right to reject events if they do not meet our guidelines. Call the editor at 651-644-2133 ext. one or email [email protected] with events questions. 

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