2019 Annual Conference
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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!
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.
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.
Space generously provided by the Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum.
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 www.mnfea.com.
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 http://www.arts.state.mn.us/.
Join MNFEA and a panel of experts on how to enhance the festival experience by incorporating art and unique activation that often become those valuable Instagramable moments for your attendees and your event.
Jami Newstrom, Director of Operations at Can Can Wonderland
Matt Kelly, Co-founder of Street Factory Media
Sara Peters, Co-Director/Director of Public Engagement Northern Lights.mn
More panelists to be announced!
Sara Collins, Festival Director for Stone Arch Bridge Festival & Art in Bay Front Park
3:00 pm Registration
3:30 pm Panel Discussion Begins
5:00 pm Happy Hour
6:00 pm Event Ends
More information to come on panelists and parking! Stay tuned!
Join us for a behind the scenes look at The Union Depot followed by holiday cheer at The Union Depot Grill and The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop by as well.
Revitalized and once again welcoming travelers and visitors of all kinds, Union Depot is what it’s always been – a meeting place, a starting point, a hub of activity, a home to celebrations much anticipated and long remembered.
In the next chapter of its existence, this one-of-a-kind facility is playing a key part of the dramatic transformation of Lowertown and will serve as a multi-modal transportation hub. A true gathering place past, present and future, Union Depot is also the perfect setting for public events, private functions, arts and cultural festivals, concerts and more.
Union Depot was completed in 1926. It was placed on to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1974, and under ownership of the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA), it underwent extensive renovations in 2011-2012 totaling $243 million. Learn more about the history of Union Depot and its dramatic renovation.
4:00 pm - Registration
4:30 pm - Tour
5:15 pm - Holiday Cheer at Union Depot Bar & Grill
6:30 pm - The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
7:00 pm - Event Ends
Parking Information: https://www.uniondepot.org/about/parking/
Join MNFEA at Heroic Productions and hear from their expert audio and video team as they take us through the basics, solve the mystery of price quotes and reveal how to take your event to the next level with the latest in technology trends that give your fans the best experience possible. This is the event where there are no dumb questions and you can finally get the answers to all the things you have wondered about.
3:00 pm Registration
3:30 pm Program Begins
4:30 pm Tours and Happy Hour
6:00 pm Event Ends
Parking: Onsite parking lot with ample spaces