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Arts Learning Community for Universal Access Betty Siegel Universal Access & the Arts Award Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference

Raleigh is a community connected through arts and culture, where every person is empowered to lead the creative life they envision.

The Creative Life Vision, Page 16 of the Raleigh Arts Plan
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The Creative Life Vision, developed during the creation of the Raleigh Arts Plan, is the community's collective vision for its life in the coming decade. To realize this vision, improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts must be a key focus. Goal three of the Raleigh Arts Plan is to ensure equity, access, and inclusion in all culture programming and includes the intention that Raleigh becomes a national model for arts accessibility and inclusion for deaf and disability communities. Universal Access and the Arts creates initiatives that achieve this goal.

Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

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What does it mean for an arts organization to include people with disabilities in its programming? While arts organizations are increasing their accommodations, they still face obstacles to making improvements and have questions about the what, why, and how of getting things done. 

To support these efforts, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County have partnered for a fourth year to offer arts and cultural organizations the opportunity to join the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access. 

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


Betty Siegel Universal Access & the Arts Award

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The Betty Siegel Universal Access and the Arts Award recognizes the substantial achievements of Arts Learning Community for Universal Access members who complete all three years of the program. 

Honorees have successfully improved the accessibility of their organizations through multiple projects and initiatives over the years. They are also recognized as arts community resources, sharing their knowledge and engaging their arts and cultural peers, as well as others, around the topic of accessibility in the arts.

2019 Award Honorees

Advocate Organization
Hilary Leggett N.C. State University Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Liani Yirka North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Courtney Wheeler PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

2018 Award Honorees

Advocate Organization
Jamie Katz Court PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Julia Meder Sertoma Arts Center
Gab Smith CAM Raleigh
Megan Sullivan Artspace

Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference

Raleigh Arts is excited to announce that the Kennedy Center's next Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference will be held in Raleigh, at the Raleigh Convention Center. This national conference brings more than 600 professionals together to explore practical and innovative ways to design and realize inclusive arts and cultural experiences to engage the communities of people with disabilities.

The 2020 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference has been postponed.

Learn more about the LEAD® Conference


Contact

 

S.A. Corrin
Raleigh Arts
sarah.corrin@raleighnc.gov
919-996-4686

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Raleigh Arts

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