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Beyond Accessibility: Making Disability Equity an Organizational Priority // Winter 2021
Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Category: Online-Only

Beyond Accessibility: Making Disability Equity an Organizational Priority

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Format: Online
Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: Arts administrators looking to prioritize disability equity at their organizations. No prior knowledge required.
Participation Level: Medium - A mixture of presentation and discussion.

During this unprecedented time, arts institutions and arts professionals have begun to address the crucial need to transform the culture of our institutions to create greater equity in the arts. This interactive workshop addresses the imperative of going beyond accessibility toward making disability equity a priority for your organization - from board and staff to artists and audiences. Topics include: Disability Facts and Figures, Models of Disability, The Principle of "Nothing Without Us," Intersectionality, The Importance of Language, Disability Advisory Committees, Organization-wide Intentionality, Inter-Departmental Cooperation and Communication, Programs and Services for Patrons and Artists, Strategic Planning, Effective Marketing, Resources and more. Organizations will have an opportunity to reflect on their current disability initiatives, programs, and policies and discuss best practices and strategies to move beyond disability access toward disability equity.

**Participants must attend with at least one other staff or Board member of their organization. Ideally, at least one participant per organization will have decision-making power at their company.

Christine Bruno is an award-winning actor, teaching artist, activist, and disability equity consultant for the entertainment industry, universities, festivals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the globe. She serves on the NY Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, is Chair of NY SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee, SAG-AFTRA National PWD, Actors’ Equity EEO Committee, New York Shakespeare Exchange Leadership Council, and the Advisory Councils of Queens Theatre and National Disability Theatre. Christine is the founder of Bruno Disability Inclusion Consulting, a freelance consultant for EIN SOF Communications, Inc., Avent Diversity Consulting, and a member of the Disability Working Group with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. As an actor, Christine has worked across the U.S. and internationally, most recently in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant and can currently be seen in the festival favorite Best Summer Ever on Hulu. She is a recipient of Artist Grants from the Center for Cultural Power, NYFA and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and a Princess Grace Award nominee. Christine received her MFA in Acting and Directing from the New School and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. www.brunodisabilityinclusion.com; @christinebrunonyc

John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization for the state’s 31 professional Equity producing theatres. John is the founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network Project, a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts that assists the state’s cultural organizations as they make their programs and services accessible to individuals with disabilities. Prior to the Alliance, John served as the Director of Development for Paper Mill Playhouse and the Vice President for the New Jersey Network Public Television Foundation. John serves as a trustee for ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Center for NonProfits, and the Fund for the New Jersey Blind. John has spoken on the importance of arts access programming and planning at many regional and national conferences including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' LEAD (Leadership Exchange for Arts and Disability).


All A.R.T./New York workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact David Shane at [email protected].

Contact: [email protected]