Enjoy! February 2024

Winter Art Show at ICI  Emerging photographer Hannah Rousar is one of seven artists with disabilities who are displaying their […]

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Winter Art Show at ICI 

Emerging photographer Hannah Rousar is one of seven artists with disabilities who are displaying their work at Art for All’s newest exhibition and sale in the gallery at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. The show runs through Feb. 16 and includes paintings, mixed media, ceramics, and photography. It was created as part of Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Program for Art Inclusion at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Community Integration. Works by Katharine Fitzgerald, Sam St. John, Geordy Levin , Linda Hood, Donna Ray , and Paul Carlson are also included in the exhibition. 

The shows advance the program’s mission of not only supporting emerging and professional artists with disabilities, but also bringing their work into wider community spaces to enhance understanding of the artists’ vision of the world. The exhibit is at 2025 East River Parkway, Mpls. FFI: https://ici.umn.edu/ 

Save date for expo 

Save the date of Sat, April 20 for the Discover Abilities Expo, a showcase of all-things adaptive sports and recreation in Minnesota. Organizers hope to have more than 60 organizations that provide some sort of adaptive sports or recreational opportunities in Minnesota on 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 in Mpls. and organized by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Sports and recreation Team. FFI: 612-775-2311, [email protected] 

Sit, stay at Fetching Ball 

The 35th anniversary Fetching Ball Gala, celebrating Can Do Canines, at Radisson Blu Mall of America is on Sat, Feb. 17. Enjoy dinner, inspiring stories, games, and silent and live auctions – all benefiting the service dog organization. Emcee is Rena Sarigianopoulos of KARE-11. Tickets are on sale. FFI: Melissa Herman, 763-331-3000, ext. 115, [email protected] 

Open Flow Forum  

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month – Feb. 1 and March 7. 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 https://mnaccess.org 

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 an 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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