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St. Cloud | MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings

  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Saint Cloud Great River Regional Library, 1300 W St Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301


Welcoming All: Accessibility Design for Festival Settings

How can you create a festival environment that actively welcomes, supports, and engages individuals of all abilities?  Explore how the elements of accessibility and inclusion can be applied to festival settings through the stages of planning, design, and implementation.  This workshop will provide an overview of disability awareness and highlight many of the successful frameworks of accessibility and inclusion.  Participants will have the opportunity to consider a wide range of topics including design and construction, structure and implementation of accessibility services, community outreach, utilizing volunteers, and preserving the priority and integrity of your accessibility vision while collaborating with internal and external agencies.  Gain tangible strategies and resources for your organization no matter where you are starting on your journey of inclusion.

Admission is free but registration required to attend.

The Twin Cities event on Oct. 1 is full.  However, you may add your name to the waitlist here or register for similar events in St. Cloud or St. Peter. Just click those links to register.  Space is limited at all sessions so sign-up now!

Diane Nutting

Working as a consultant at the intersections of disability, arts, and education, Diane provides training, project coordination, and strategic planning services for a wide range of cultural arts institutions as well as state and local arts agencies. Her recent work includes collaborations with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the High Museum of Art, Ford’s Theatre, and the United States Botanic Garden.  Since 2016 she has worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to serve as the Accessibility Coordinator for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the grounds of the National Mall, as well as other festival partnerships and events across the Smithsonian campus. Previously, she served as the Director of Access and Inclusion for Imagination Stage, where she led the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive performing arts experiences for all students, patrons, and artists.   She has also served as the Director of Education for Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company and Associate Director of Education for the New Victory Theater in New York.


Accessibility symbols including American Sign Language, Universal symbol of access (wheelchair), Assisted listening, and open caption symbols.

  • CART captioning and ASL will be provided, speaker will be amplified and assisted listening devices are available.

Location and other:

  • Event is offered FREE, registration is required.
  • Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Thanks to:

This session is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, in partnership with the Minnesota Festival Events Association, and with support from the MN Access Alliance.

Special thanks to the St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support and to the St. Cloud Great River Regional Library for hosting this session.

MNFEA logo, shape of Minnesota followed by MNFEA in block letters, and a pink wavy flag atop the A with a yellow line swooping over the entire image like a rainbow.

The Minnesota Festivals and Events Association (MNFEA) is a nonprofit organization specializing in professional development and networking events for those in the festival and event industry. The mission of the Minnesota Festivals and Events Association is to support the people who organize Minnesota's festivals and events. To learn more or to become a member, visit

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The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.To learn more visit 

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