Edmonton Performing Arts Accessibility Ad Hoc Group

Date: Nov 20, 2019

Deadline: Dec 20, 2019 - 11:45 pm

The Edmonton performing arts community believes that the arts are for everyone. In 2019, a group of performing arts companies came together to tackle the question of how to make their performances accessible to as many people as possible (see below for more information). To do that, we need to find out what kinds of accessibility are the most useful to people in Edmonton.

Performing arts companies engaged two researchers, Brooke Leifso and Kelsie Acton. They have developed surveys asking about many of the common barriers to engaging with the performing arts. The surveys also ask about common ways to remove some of those barriers. They will also be hosting a series of focus groups to find more in-depth stories of barriers to performing arts.

PERFORMING ARTS ACCESSIBILITY SURVEYS

Survey for patrons: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/MoLndX
Survey for performing arts producers: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/MEHd3w

Both surveys will remain open until December 20, 2019. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reply to email: yegperformingarts@gmail.com. You can also call or text at 780-233-5778.

By filling out the applicable survey, this allows us to make performing arts (theatre, dance, spoken word, opera, etc) even more inclusive! Experience disability and interested in attending a focus group? See below or contact us for more information.

PERFORMING ARTS ACCESSIBILITY FOCUS GROUPS

Dates and times:

Co-hosted by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
9225 118 Ave
November 29th – 1-3 pm with artists and people with developmental disabilities
November 29th – 3-5 pm with artists who experience disability

Co-hosted by Gateway Association with Caregivers and Adults with Autism
#201, 10941 120 St
December 3rd – 7-9 pm

Co-hosted by Fringe Theatre
Studio Theatre, 10330 84th Ave
December 1st – 1-3 pm open for anyone who experiences barriers to seeing the performing arts (ASL interpreted)
December 5th – 5-7 pm with Deaf organizations (ASL interpreted)
December 7th – 1-3 pm open for anyone from the Deaf, deaf, Hard of Hearing communities to tell us more about their access needs (ASL interpreted)

Co-hosted by the Pride Centre
December 11th – 5:30-7:30 pm – with a focus on the LGBTQIA community that experiences disability and barriers to the performing arts.

Light refreshments will be provided at all focus groups. Please email, call or text with dietary restrictions. All venues are barrier-free with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

DATS and parking per venue:
The Nina – main door on 118 Avenue, street parking
Fringe Theatre – main door on 84 Ave, near the library, street parking also there
Gateway – DATS entrance and parking are on the east side of the building (by Cafe Linnea)
Pride Centre – DATS and parking is at the front of the building

If you’re unable to attend OR feel not represented by the focus groups but would still like to share your story, please email yegperformingarts@gmail.com, or call 780-233-5778.

Read more about the project here: www.theatrealberta.com/yegaccessibilitygroup/