The Award recognizes outstanding arts leadership in the field of accessibility, demonstrating success by improving access at cultural institutions and by providing access to individuals with disabilities. Over the course of five years, the Universal Participation Initiative has stewarded a growing network of more than 60 organizations; hired more than 100 people with disabilities as speakers, consultants, teachers, panelists, and adjudicators; implemented and disbursed 40 Innovation and Learning Network stipends, 30 Innovation Grants, 10 LEAD stipends, and presented the first biennial UP Award; and facilitated creative learning workshops across the Commonwealth. This scope of work additionally recognizes the critical importance of diversity within the disability community.
The second year of EBT Card to Culture showed continued growth and enthusiasm. Feedback from EBT cardholders has been incredibly positive and touching. Organizations report many new visitors through the program, and the return of patrons who hadn’t been able to visit in years.
Culture is intrinsically valuable and unique in its ability to lift the human spirit. Cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.
Mass Cultural Council must be a leader in making Massachusetts a place of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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