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Cultural Access Network Project

 

 

 

Presented by New Jersey State Council of the Arts        New Jersey Theatre Alliance

 

The Cultural Access Network Project is a program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The Project provides a wide range of services and programs to assist theatres and cultural organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to seniors and people with disabilities.

All of the Cultural Access Network’s programs and services are made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as other corporate, foundation and government partners.

Cultural Access Calendar

The Cultural Access Calendar is an online portal that allows the public to find cultural events, including virtual and online events, with specific accommodations such as open captioning, ASL interpretation, and sensory-friendly adjustments.

The calendar is searchable by specific accommodation and features a wide variety of offerings from the state’s theatre, visual art, dance, music, and museum community.

Click here to view the Cultural Access Calendar

For more information on how to list an event or on how to best make use of the calendar to find performances, digital offerings, or other events that meet specific accessibility criteria please contact Beth Prevor at bprevor@njtheatrealliance.org.

 
 
Access Thursdays

"Access Thursdays" is an annual spring series of monthly educational opportunities for the arts and culture field to come together to learn from experts and peers about how to ensure the arts are accessible to all. Staff members from New Jersey arts and cultural organizations can register for one or all of the events at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY21AccessThursdays.

The 2021 Access Thursdays Series will be fully virtual, hosted on Zoom, and will be closed captioned. The series will kick off on February 4th, with a session about making virtual events accessible with accommodations such as captioning and ASL interpretation. See the full 2021 lineup below: 

Access Thursdays 2021 Lineup

  • Thursday, February 4, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    How to Make Your Virtual Programming Events Accessible 
    As cultural organizations are increasing their virtual programming offerings, this is a perfect opportunity to expand an organization's reach by ensuring that its virtual programming is accessible to those with hearing loss, those who are Deaf, and those with vision loss. Hear from a panel of cultural colleagues who will share their experiences and insights on how to make virtual arts events accessible. Guest Speakers: David Chu, Founder, C2 (Caption Coalition); Richard Denney, Director of Audience Services, The Public Theatre; Beth Prevor, Cultural Access Coordinator, New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Executive Director, HandsOn. 
  • Thursday, March 4,  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Websites: An Essential Tool to Market Your Accessible Programs and Services
    As we all know, websites are critical in branding our organizations and sharing important information with the public about our programs and services. Learn how to make your website accessible, especially to those with vision loss, and best practices in promoting your accessible accommodations and services on your website. Guest Speaker: Walei Sabry, Digital Accessibility Coordinator, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication.
  • Thursday, April 1,  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Advisory Boards — Access and Inclusion Advocates
    As organizations move forward in ensuring that their programs and facilities are accessible and marketing their accommodations to the public, the Cultural Access Network Project has always been a strong advocate of advisory boards. Learn how to set up an advisory board, the characteristics of an advisory board member, and roles and responsibilities. The benefits of sharing an advisory board with other organizations in your community will also be discussed. This discussion will be moderated by Beth Bienvenu, Director, Office of Accessibility, National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Thursday, May 6,  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Virtual Programming: A Continued Conversation on How to Plan for a Hybrid of Accessible Live and Virtual Events
    Details and guest speakers to be announced.
  • Thursday, June 24,  10:30 AM — 12:30 PM
    The Cultural Access Awards  
    Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in making arts and culture accessible in their communities. The awards presentation will be preceded by a keynote speaker and panel on the intersection of disability justice and anti-racism.
 
 
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Cultural Access Network Project

New Jersey Theatre Alliance

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

 
 
 
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