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 MassDevelopment Board of Directors has approved $9.27 million in new grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), a state program that provides capital and planning grants to nonprofits, colleges, and municipalities that own or operate facilities primarily focused on the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Mass Cultural Council is much more than a grant maker. We provide the services, consultation, and support that assure that every tax dollar we invest in the cultural landscape of Massachusetts delivers meaningful impact for our residents.
Our services are only possible because of the hours staff spend supporting constituents. Since July 1, 2018 Mass Cultural Council staff have...
The Gaming Mitigation Program, established by MGL Section 59 chapter 23K, aims to mitigate a direct threat to the sustainability of non-profit performing arts centers in Massachusetts by providing capital to preserve their ability to compete in a new, unbalanced marketplace.
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