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Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

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2021 - 2022 Members Learning Community Digital Scrapbook Application Process

Created in 2015, the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access is a collaborative program between the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County that brings together like-minded arts and cultural administrators who want to improve how inclusive their organizations are of the Deaf community and people living with disabilities. The year-long program runs from July through June.

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* Founding Members of the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access
Accessibility Asset Organization
Betsy Ludwig* Arts Access
Kari Martin Hollinger, Carly Jones, Meg Revelle* and Stephen Wall* Arts Together
Brett Morris and Megan Sullivan* Artspace
Sarah Preston Cary Arts Center
Jaclyn Bowie, Krista Nance, and Gab Smith* CAM Raleigh
Cecilia Saloni El Pueblo
Ella Fang International Focus
Janine Eash, Jordan Pearce, and Ashley Peay-Bettini Marbles Kids Museum
Kathleen Collier and Emily Catherine Mealor North Carolina Arts Council
Melissa Roth North Carolina Museum of Art
Liani Yirka North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Dan Ellison and Hilary Leggette N.C. State University Gregg Museum
Mia Self N.C. State University Theatre
Meredith Laing and Jason Spencer North Carolina Symphony
William Henry and Donna Mullins North Carolina Theatre
S.A. Corrin* Office of Raleigh Arts
Jamie Katz Court* and Courtney Wheeler PineCone
Fidel Benton and Meredyth Pederson Cooper Raleigh Little Theatre
Julia Meder* Sertoma Arts Center
Ragen Carlile* United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
Brandon Cordrey* Visual Art Exchange
Cathy Gouge Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
Johannah Maynard Edwards Women's Theatre Festival 

2021 - 2022 Members

In its sixth year, 22 arts and cultural organization representatives were given the opportunity to join the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access.

Accessibility Asset Organization
Amanda Bittner and Cameron Laws Artsplosure
Nathalie Ray Burning Coal Theatre Company
Veronica Aguilar El Pueblo
Janine Eash and Shenette Swann Marbles Kid Museum
Johannah Maynard Edwards and Hannah Williams National Women's Theatre Festival
Ai-Ling Chang and Kathleen Collier North Carolina Arts Council
Felicia Ingram North Carolina Museum of Art
Rebecca Edmonds North Carolina Opera
Liza Green NC State Live
Emilie Wood N.C. State University Theatre
Ashley Blankenship and Jason Spencer North Carolina Symphony
Donna Mullins and Katrina Tarson North Carolina Theatre
Alicia Grey Raleigh Little Theatre

Learning Community Digital Scrapbook

Post-it notes stuck on brown paper as part of a brainstorming session

Wanting to show that accessibility is within reach for any organization, the 2019-2020 Learning Community members created a Digital Scrapbook, capturing the processes and results of individual projects enacted at their organizations.

View the Digital Scrapbook (Word Document)

Application Process

A visually impaired woman feeling a statue while wearing gloves at NCMA

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are partnering for a seventh year to offer a year-long arts learning community that uses a collaborative approach to advocating for and improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. Representatives of Raleigh and Wake County organizations are selected to participate in this program (maximum 2 representatives/organization) through an application process.

Program Components

  • Full scholarship to this summer’s LEAD® conference
  • Full scholarship to choice of pre-conference capacity building workshops
  • Technical assistance grant to support an accessibility project
  • Participation in a year-long peer cohort


  • Located within Wake County*
  • A nonprofit exempt from federal and state income tax as either a charitable organization with 501(c)(3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service with established arts programming or a unit of municipal government

*Interested organizations located outside of Wake County should contact S.A. Corrin at to discuss their situation.

How to Apply

The 2022-2023 Learning Community application form and guidelines are posted below. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m.

Not applying to the Learning Community but want more information on the LEAD® conference or LEAD® Scholarships? Learn more about the LEAD® Conference



S.A. Corrin
Arts Grant Director, Raleigh Arts

Margaret Toomey
Arts & Accessibility Assistant, Raleigh Arts

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