Enjoy! May 2024

The Art of We  The Art of We: Are Still Celebrating, Upstream Arts’ Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser, is 6-9 […]

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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. Sponsors are still needed. Preregister. FFI: https://www.upstreamarts.org/ 

Open Flow Forum 

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. May 2 and June 6. 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 contact Andy Sturdevant. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, [email protected], [email protected] 

Making arts accessible 

Several workshops in May and June will offer different ways of making the arts more accessible to people with disabilities. The workshops are offered by the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres. 

Sat, May 18 at Northern Starz Theatre, Ramsey. Including People with Disabilities in Your Shows is 10 a.m.-noon, followed by a networking lunch and a session at 1:30-3:30 p.m. on What is the Penguin Project and Could It Be Part of Your Season. The session is on musicals that include youth with and without disabilities. 

Audio Describer Training is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu/Fri, May 16-17, at Theatre in the Round, Mpls, and Sat/Sun, May 18-19, at Minnesota Fringe office, Mpls. Attend one of the two-day trainings and learn the skills to describe the visual aspects of shows for people with vision loss. 

Captioning options available to serve audience members with hearing loss is offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, June 1 at Artistry, Bloomington 

Additional workshops will be held on Saturdays in June. Preregister. Learn about registration fees at Minnesota Association of Community Theatres FFI: Jon, 612-819-0949. 

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 Minnesota Accessible Activities Calendar. 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 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 focus.  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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