Call for performers
Off-Kilter is a new community program of Off-Leash Area to highlight and support performance work by artists with disabilities. Artists are sought to present work at Off-Kilter Cabaret on June 9, 10, 11, and 12 at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance at the University of Minnesota, a fully accessible black box theater with a floor-level stage. The event will include accessibility accommodations such as sign language interpreting, captioning, and audio description, as well as current health protocols. Artist proposals are sought on the theme of “organ recital,” pieces should be five to 10 minutes in length and are due Feb. 14. Seven artists or artist groups will be selected. FFI: www.offleasharea.org/off-kilter.
Catch the Fetching Ball
The Can Do Canines Fetching Ball Gala is at 6 p.m. Sat, Feb. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. Participants will enjoy an inspiring client story, a unique look into the Can Do Canines’ prison dog training program, auctions, and an entertaining performance by comedian and storyteller Bob Stromberg. KARE 11 Reporter/Anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos is emcee. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wed, Feb. 16. All proceeds help Can Do Canine programs. FFI: Melissa Herman, 763-331-3000, ext. 115, email@example.com
2022 Arc Gala
The Arc Minnesota is Sat, March 5 at the Depot, Mpls. The gala will be a hybrid event that includes an in-person program and a virtual program. Funding raised from the 2022 Arc Gala will build on the Arc’s 75-year grassroots legacy and co-create communities that embrace all people. To attend the in-person program at The Depot, attendees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to the event. Members of The Arc Minnesota receive a special membership ticket price. RSVP for the in-person event by Fri, Feb. 18. The 2022 Arc Gala will have a virtual event option that is totally free. Virtual guests may bid on items. FFI: 952-920-0855, https://arcminnesota.org/
Open Flow Forum
The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates Thu Feb. 3 and March 3. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater, and artistic efforts or disability concerns. Facilitators are Tara Innmon, Kip Shane, and Springboard for the Arts. The gatherings are fully accessible. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact Andy Sturdevant at host organization Springboard for the Arts. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Less to Enjoy!
After many venues went live again, the pandemic shut them down in early 2022. Check on events and activities before heading out. Also, check to see if the community where a venue is located has imposed requirements for masks or for showing proof of vaccinations.
Some museums, arts, and theater groups that typically have listings in the Access Press Enjoy! calendar have moved to online services or are offering in-person services with social distancing and safety measures. Please check with a venue or organization before making plans. See what is available through the Minnesota Access Alliance and its calendar, at https://mnaccess.org/