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    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Art Center of Saint Peter, 315 S Minnesota Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082

    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.
    • Contact (651) 539-2689 or info@mnaccess.org to request other accomodations, with accessibility inquiries, or to register outside of EventBrite.
    Location and other:
    • Event is offered FREE, registration is required.
    • Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

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    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.

    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 www.mnfea.com.

    MN State Arts Board logo, multiple lines in purple depicting music notation, sound waves, and a thick and tapered green line all atop the words Minnesota State Arts Board.

    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/. 

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    • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave N #004, St Paul, MN 55104
    • 40

    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. 

    The Panel:
    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!

    The Moderator:
    Sara Collins, Festival Director for Stone Arch Bridge Festival & Art in Bay Front Park

    The Schedule:

    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!

    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • 40

    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/

    • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Heroic Productions, 801 West 106th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420
    • 40

    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.

    The Schedule:

    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

Past events

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 St. Cloud | MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Behind the Scenes: Allianz Field
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Behind the Scenes: The Armory
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Festival Season Support Group Happy Hour
Thursday, July 11, 2019 Behind the Scenes: Ramsey County Fair
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Coffee Break with Explore Minnesota
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Forklift Operator Training
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 MNFEA 2019 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 MNFEA Annual Conference (2019)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, December 06, 2018 Happy Hour, Skating & Networking: Saint Paul Winter Skate
Monday, November 05, 2018 Fall Focus: Event Safety Management: The Checklist
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Fall Focus: Operations Behind the Scenes Tour
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Fall Focus: Saint Paul Venue Crawl
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Behind The Scenes: St. Paul Saints Game & CHS Field Tour
Monday, July 23, 2018 Happy Hour, Headshots & Networking!
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Happy Hour Cruise on the Mississippi
Friday, April 13, 2018 MNFEA 2018 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 MNFEA Annual Conference (2018)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Happy Hour & Networking - Half Time Rec
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, December 14, 2017 MNFEA Holiday Party at Holidazzle
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 MNFEA Fall Focus - Working with Volunteers
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Happy Hour & Networking - Longfellow Grill
Sunday, July 30, 2017 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Happy Hour & Networking - UpDown Minneapolis
Friday, June 23, 2017 Behind The Scenes: Twin Cities Pride Festival
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Coffee Break, Social Media & Networking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Kick-off Cruise on the Minneapolis Queen
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, March 09, 2017 MNFEA 2017 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 MNFEA Annual Conference (2017)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Brainerd Curling Club - Happy Networking, Conference 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 MNFEA Panel Discussion: Examining Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Behind the Scenes - Great Lakes Coca-Cola, LLC followed by Happy Networking at nearby Lone Oak Grill
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Happy Holiday Networking - MNFEA Holiday Party
Thursday, November 10, 2016 MNFEA Panel Discussion: The Fundamentals of Producing Events in Saint Paul
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Happy Hour & Networking - Betty Danger's Country Club
Thursday, August 11, 2016 Renaissance Festival Preview Party
Thursday, July 07, 2016 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Marketing Best Practices Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Behind the Scenes - Grand Old Days
Thursday, May 05, 2016 "Happy Networking" at Sociable Cider Werks
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Behind the Scenes at Hubbard Broadcasting
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Coffee Break with Minnesota State Arts Board
Thursday, March 10, 2016 MNFEA Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 New Ulm Turner Hall - Happy Hour & Networking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Happy Hour & Networking - The Loop West End
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Behind-The-Scenes at Winter Carnival
Thursday, January 07, 2016 Coffee Hour hosted by Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Happy Holiday Networking!
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 MNFEA Panel Discussion: The Fundamentals of Producing Events in Minneapolis
Friday, October 23, 2015 Coffee Break! Coffee and Networking
Friday, September 25, 2015 Networking at Cities Wine Tasting
Thursday, August 13, 2015 2015 Renaissance Festival Preview Party
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Behind The Scenes: Basilica Block Party
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Coffee Break! Coffee and Networking
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MNFEA at St. Paul Festival Assoc - May Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The Freehouse - Happy Hour and Networking!
Thursday, March 05, 2015 MNFEA Annual Conference
Friday, February 13, 2015 Coffee and Networking
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Happy Hour and Networking!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 MNFEA Holiday Party
Friday, October 24, 2014 Knowing your festival/event: Economic Impact Analysis, evaluation, and changes of the industry "landscape" over time
Friday, September 26, 2014 Behind the Scenes - MN Renaissance Festival
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Behind the Scenes - Irish Fair of Minnesota
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