The goals of both these endeavors – UP and LEAD – is to go beyond ADA compliance and be aspirational; to fully engage the citizenry to participate in our cultural commonwealth by breaking down the social barriers that divide us by race, gender, class, and ability. Creating access to the arts is not just about meeting legislative requirements and removing architectural barriers. It is about creating diverse and welcoming environments; from the first visit to a website to the sustained participation of a class.
The LEAD conference is a critically important resource for the cultural institution instigating inclusion. Workshops help identify institutional activation points such as:
Systems for collecting data and evaluating impact
Strategies for successful community partnerships
Multi-modal learning tactics
Adaptive technology that facilitates engagement and fights isolation
A network of leaders who understand that “access” is a principled directive for the future of our cultural sector
What LEAD offers is an intense immersion in effective practices. There are workshops for all levels of expertise and learning styles; the conference models the accessible solutions for the different ways we hear, see, move, and think. With these benefits considered, we congratulate the 10 recipients of the new $1,000 grant to attend LEAD in 2019:
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.
Organizations funded through Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio have been participating in the DataArts platform for about a decade. DataArts has used that information to provide data-informed insights and resources to the arts and cultural sector – for grantmakers, researchers, and individual organizations.
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