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Backstage tour of Boston Ballet's Nutcracker. Image: Liza Voll Photography

UP Network

The UP Designated Organizations are a growing cohort of leaders and innovators in the field who serve to inspire other organizations.

UP Designated Organizations have demonstrated a commitment to learn, take action, and embrace inclusivity as a core organizational value and possess organizational behaviors that reflect the aspirations of the Universal Participation Initiative. This means that the organization:

  • Provides training about inclusive culture
  • Engages user/experts to inform decision making and inspire change develop policies and programs
  • Coordinates and integrates a vision of inclusion throughout the entire organization
  • Innovates through creative problem solving

Organizations under the Universal Participation Initiative have received UP Designation directly through application or became ‘Designated’ upon completion of the Innovation and Learning Network (ILN). The Innovation and Learning Network provides organizations the opportunity for experiential, collaborative learning and program development. Participation in EBT Card to Culture is an indicator of community involvement and accessibility and is encouraged alongside Designation. The Innovation Fund is available to organizations with UP Designation.

Based on a model of community practice, the ILN brings together organizations with shared interests and similar challenges to learn from each other over an extended period of time.  As organizations implement their individual plans, they will also contribute to the larger community.

The following organizations have received UP Designation:

Abilities Dance, Boston
American Repertory Theater, Cambridge
Arts Are Essential, Acton
ArtsEmerson, Boston
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield
Boston Athenaeum, Boston
Boston by Foot, Boston
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston
Boston Lyric Opera, Boston
Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge
Cape Cod Theatre Company, Harwich
The Cape Cod Theatre Project, Falmouth
Center for Independent Documentary, Sharon
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wellesley
Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington
Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield
The Dance Complex, Cambridge
Danforth Museum, Framingham
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln
Discovery Museum, Acton
Edith Wharton Restoration, The Mount, Lenox
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
Flat Earth Theatre, Watertown
Gore Place, Waltham
Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham
Grub Street, Boston
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Improbable Players, Watertown
Liars & Believers, Cambridge
Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
Me2/Orchestra , Boston
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Science, Boston
New Art Center in Newton, Newtonville
Old South Association, Boston
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Open Door Theater, Acton
Our Space Our Place, Boston
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Somerville
Paul Revere Memorial Association, Boston
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Pioneer Valley Ballet, Easthampton
Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline
ReelAbilities Film Festival, Newton
South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
Springfield Museums, Springfield
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Transformative Culture Project, Boston
Voices Rising, Boston
VSA Massachusetts, Boston
Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford

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