Expert will help arts groups ensure access for all

Dr. Beth Bienvenu, director of the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts, will give museum directors tips on making the arts accessible to all when she speaks at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on December 13.

Her presentation, “Accessibility Basics: Ensuring Access for Everyone,” is open to the public from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. at the Copeland Lecture Hall at Winterthur.

Dr. Bienvenu will provide an overview of what accessibility is, the range of audiences to consider when developing accessibility plans, and practical ways to improve access to programs for all audiences.

John Orr, executive director of Art-Reach, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that creates accessible opportunities in the arts, will also speak.

“We encourage arts organizatons of all sizes to create programs that embrace the concept of universal design that everyone – older people, people with and without disabilities – can access,” said Paul Weagraff, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, the sponsor of the program. Division grant recipients are required to ensure that their projects, programs, workshops and productions comply with applicable accessibility laws.

Winterthur will offer a free, guided tour of its annual Yuletide at Winterthur for attendees who RSVP in advance and attend the accessibility presentation. Attendees may RSVP before 10:30 a.m. on December 8 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nea-accessibility-rsvp.

On-site parking is available in the visitor parking lot.

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