Art of Access

McNichols Building

7/12/2017 8:30 AM
Fifty-six million people, nearly 20% of the American population, have some form of disability. While much has changed since the 1990 signing of the Americas with Disabilities Act, deficits remain concerning inclusion and access in the arts.
Hosted by Colorado VSA/Access Gallery and cultural institutions from the Denver area, The Art of Access brings together educators, administrators, architects, designers, artists and concerned citizens together for a day-long symposium dedicated to exploring how Denver’s community can ensure full participation and engagement in arts and culture for persons with disabilities.
The symposium is supported in part by City of Denver’s IMAGINE 2020 Fund, and the goal of an accessible and inclusive Denver.
Keynote: Betty Seigal Kennedy Center


8:30 – 9:00 Registration – Coffee Welcome – The Musical Stylings of Myles King
9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome – TBD, City of Denver Arts and Venues
9:15 – 10:00  – Keynote – “Access is a Civil Right” Betty Seigal, Manager of Accessibility, Kennedy Center.  Introduction by Christine Costello, Program Manager, Colorado Creative Industries
10:00 – 10:15 –  10 Minute Talk #1 – 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art with Robin Gallite and Libby Barbee, RedLine
10:15 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 12:15 Break Out Sessions
    Sensory Friendly Programs –
        Danielle Schulz, Adult and Access Programs Coordinator, Denver Art Museum
        Shannon Sullivan, Co-Founder of Autism Community Store
        Max and Rebecca Miller, Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative
        Lauren Burgess, Founder & Executive Director, Garden Autism
    Creative Aging –
        Kera Magarill, Early Stage Services Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter
        Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Executive Director, Lone Tree Arts Center
        Heather Sutton, Project Generations Coordinator, Wonderbound
    Public art in community
        Rudi Cerri, Public Art Administrator, Denver Arts and Venues
        Djamilia Ricciardi, Visitor & Volunteer Services Coordinator
12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch – Performance by Phamaly
1:15 – 1:30 – 10 Minute Talk #2 – The Alliance for Creative Youth Development
1:30 – 2:15 – Visioning and Planning: Where do we go from here – Robin Gallite, Program Director at RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Victoria Eastburn, Director of Education and Programs, Clyfford Still Museum
2:15 – 2:30 – 10 Minute Talk # 3 – Spark programs
2:45 – 3:00 – The State of Access in Denver – Damon
3:00 – 3:45 – The Future of Accessible Museums – Beth Mosenthal and John Graham from AndersonMasonDale Architects
4:00 – Closing and Thank Yous

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