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Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference

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LEAD® Conference Scholarships Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

Join us August 1-5, 2022 for the return of The Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference in Raleigh!

The LEAD® conference not only introduces those new to the field to cultural accessibility solutions, but provides, for beginners and experts alike, ongoing learning, support, camaraderie, and inspiration—necessary fuel for anyone working to change the status quo. Join us for:

  • One-of-a-kind professional development. No other conference focuses on accessibility in cultural venues like LEAD®. The conference provides an intimate, rich atmosphere to engage arts professionals of all experience levels.
  • Access to ideas. Attendees can tap into the collective “brain trust” of arts managers from museums, theaters, parks, zoos, libraries, and other cultural venues from around the world.
  • Access to experts. The Kennedy Center engages leading thinkers in the field to present at the conference. And after the event, attendees are invited to join an exclusive listserv to continue the conversation and ask questions.
  • Networking opportunities. LEAD® has several networking opportunities both during the conference and at evening social events where attendees can meet and mingle with colleagues from around the world in an open and safe forum.
  • Practical information. Participants leave with ideas and practices that can be implemented at their organizations right away.
  • Something for everyone. LEAD® has sessions and workshops for beginners and the more experienced. 
  • Experiential opportunities. LEAD® provides the opportunity to experience accessibility services and programs. Through pre-conference Capacity Building Workshops and optional performances with accessibility services, attendees can see access in action.

Learn more about the LEAD® conference

LEAD® Conference Scholarships

Through a partnership between Raleigh Arts and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, local arts and cultural institutions can apply for full scholarships to attend this summer’s LEAD® conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. Complete information, including scholarship options, can be found in the scholarship guidelines posted below.


  • Wake County headquartered organization
  • 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

How to Apply

The LEAD® Scholarship application form and guidelines are posted below. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m.

Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

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Interested in doing more with accessibility than just going to LEAD®? Consider joining the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access. This program includes a full scholarship to LEAD®, accessibility technical assistance grant, and participation in a yearlong peer cohort focusing on decreasing barriers to arts participation using an inclusive design approach.

Learn more about the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access and the application process



S.A. Corrin
Arts Grants Director, Raleigh Arts

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