At the Mass Cultural Council, we look to the arts to represent, reflect, and celebrate the variety and the similarities of our humanness and our situations; to deliver exciting, transformational, cross-sector projects that drive real and lasting social change, to promote personal excellence; to encourage new ways of working and thinking, and to discover innovative solutions to keep us connected, informed, and learning.
The UP Inclusive Design Initiative stewards the journey toward Universal Participation; this is achieved by supporting organizations that are nimble and able to adapt to patron needs, are flexible and able to address employee and volunteer accommodations, and are creative and innovative when designing programs and places. We believe the arts have the power to change lives, engage communities, and enhance our Commonwealth.
The Mass Cultural Council is proud to welcome 4 organizations to our cohort of leaders and innovators in the field:
Also, we welcome those organizations who are joining the UP Inclusive Design Initiative Innovative and Learning Network (ILN):
- ArtsEmerson, Emerson College, Boston
- Boston by Foot, Boston
- Boston Jewish Film Festival REELAbilities, Newton
- Grub Street, Boston
- Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
- Highfield Hall and Garden, Falmouth
- Lyric Stage, Boston
- Mass MOCA, North Adams
- Pioneer Valley Ballet, Easthampton
- Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford
Organizations that apply and are accepted to the professional development workshops of the ILN are ‘learners’ and show a commitment to the practices of Universal Design and demonstrate the capacity for full staff involvement. The ILN workshops are designed with several clear outcomes in mind; the development of an access plan and the tools to implement a project identified during the course of the ILN; amendments to training guides for staff and volunteers to include human functional limitation and reasonable accommodations; amendments to emergency procedures and risk management policies to address varying abilities with staff, volunteers, patrons, and students; a prioritized “to-do” list based on a website audit; and a compendium of strategies for marketing and audience development.