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UP Designated Organizations

UP Designated organizations are a growing cohort of leaders and innovators in the field who serve to inspire other organizations. They have demonstrated a commitment to learn, take action, and embrace inclusivity as a core organizational value and possess behaviors that reflect the aspirations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means that the organization:

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

Organizations that are a part of the UP Initiative received their UP Designation directly through application or became ‘designated’ upon completion of the Innovation and Learning Network.

The following organizations have received UP Designation:

Abilities Dance Boston, Brookline
American Repertory Theater, Cambridge
Arisia, Somerville
Arts Are Essential, Acton
ArtsEmerson, Boston
BalletRox, Boston
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston
Berkshire Pulse, Great Barrington
Berkshire Theatre Festival, 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
The Cape Cod Theatre Project, Falmouth
Center for Independent Documentary, Boston
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington
Community Music Center of Boston, Boston
Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield
The Dance Complex, Cambridge
Danforth Art 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
Families Creating Together, Boston
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
Flat Earth Theatre, Medford
Gnome Create, Fall River
Gore Place, Waltham
Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham
Grub Street, Boston
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Harwich Junior Theatre, Harwich
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Historic Highfield, Falmouth
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Improbable Players, Watertown
Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Me2/Orchestra , Boston
Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Science, Boston
The Nature Connection, Concord
New Art Center in Newton, Newton
New Repertory Theatre, Watertown
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Open Door Arts!, Boston
Open Door Theater of Acton, 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, Brookline
ReelAbilities Film Festival, Newton
Revolutionary Spaces, Boston
South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
Springfield Museums, Springfield
Talking Information Center, Marshfield
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Transformative Culture Project, Boston
Voices Rising, Arlington
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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