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Join Us in Building a More Accessible Future for the Deaf and Disabled Community

Cathy Cheng-Anderson, Director of People & Culture

photo of exhibit goers standing before a wall with 3 shallow shelves, graphic prints in greens and browns on the shelves
Adaptive Tour of Theresa Jaynes exhibition, “Common Touch” at the Library Company, 2016, led by Art-Reach staffer, Angela Wang.

In response to Open Door Arts’ 2022 report, Towards a Culture of Access, Mass Cultural Council is embarking on the development of a Disability Equity Plan to increase opportunities for people who are d/Deaf or Disabled. Much like our Racial Equity Plan, we view this work as continuing our commitment to furthering accessibility and making equitable investments that support all creative and cultural sector stakeholders in Massachusetts.

We need your help to ensure our work is comprehensive, inclusive, and effective. Please complete a cultural organization or individual survey (details below).

The Agency is working with consulting partners, Open Door Arts and Art-Reach to evaluate current Agency systems and recommend steps forward to advance accessibility practices at cultural facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

Mass Cultural Council and its partners seek to grow current programming and invest in the resources that will support the thousands of cultural organizations across the state. The Disability Equity Plan will establish goals and shape the Agency’s equity initiatives for the coming years.

As part of the planning process, our consulting partners will be actively seeking input from cultural organizations, and the participation of the d/Deaf and Disability communities who are essential to shaping a plan that truly addresses their needs.

Questions about the surveys? Contact Open Door Arts.

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