2019 Annual Conference
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The Armory is a historic landmark in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. It’s recent transformation marked it as one of the city’s most iconic performance and event venues to date. The large open floor plan, grand ceiling, impressive architecture, and extreme functionality make it a unique space that can accommodate groups from 25 to over 8,000. The Armory features an open main floor with tiered seating options, luxury VIP suites, and a grand hall that can be utilized for various event sizes and functions.
Mark your calendar and get a peak behind all that went into making this into a world class event venue.
A Celebration for All!
Accessibility Design and Implementation 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. Please watch this page for registration link.
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.
Diane's session is made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota State Arts Board, MNAA and MNFEA.