Cultural Accessibility Summit set for March 30

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Kentucky’s arts accessibility partners will host the second Cultural Accessibility Summit 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT March 30 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in Bowling Green. The event is a day of learning and discussion about inclusive arts environments.

The agenda includes opportunities to experience accessibility accommodations and technology provided by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, learn about education programs and resources available through VSA Kentucky and hear personal accounts of the value of arts access from the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Representatives from cultural organizations such as museums and theaters, K-12 teachers, arts specialists and exceptional education teachers, access service providers, and university students in arts, education or academic programs supporting the needs of people with disabilities, are all encouraged to attend this event.

“Our hope is to attract participants with a variety of interests who have come to explore disability and the arts, said Kentucky Arts Council Community Arts and Access Director Sarah Schmitt. “Whether you work at museum and want to improve services to patrons, you are teacher who wants be knowledgeable about taking students with disabilities to performances, or if you’re a family member of a person with a disability, your presence and voice is going to improve everyone else’s understanding in this growing area of need.”

For more information about the Cultural Accessibility Summit, contact Schmitt at (502) 892-3116 or Sarah.Schmitt@ky.gov.

The Cultural Accessibility Summit is produced by the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and VSA Kentucky, with SKyPAC as this year’s regional partner. The first Cultural Accessibility Summit was held in Louisville last March in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act.

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