The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, a national leader in arts and accessibility, will honor the silver anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by hosting the state's first Cultural Accessibility Summit in March. Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remains groundbreaking legislation that protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
Cultural Accessibility Summit
Saturday, March 26, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 W. Main Street, Louisville KY 40202
Register Online or call (502) 584-7777, $10 registration fee
All accessibility services provided by The Kentucky Center are available during this event. Please note your request for an accommodation when you register.
- Presentation by Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Sensory-Friendly performance of StageOne Family Theatre's production of Harold and the Purple Crayon, including examples of Caption Theater and Audio Description
- Panel discussion of arts patrons from Louisville's disability community, moderated by Toby Roberts, Manager of Access Services, The Kentucky Center
- Breakfast and Lunch
On Saturday, March 26, Louisville's cultural partners will gather to celebrate arts access and explore ways to make Louisville even more accessible to arts patrons of all abilities. Discussion topics will include practical tips for arts inclusion, as well as strategies for local, regional, and national advocacy for arts access. A presentation by Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, will provide a national and international perspective. "Nineteen percent of the current US population has a disability, and by 2030, there will be more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 30," Siegel observes. "Cultural institutions that make access a seamless part of arts experiences will most definitely serve more and more patrons as time goes on."
As reported in this 2012 study by Cornell University, Kentucky residents of all ages exhibited a prevalence for these six disability types: 3.0% reported a Visual Disability 4.6% reported a Hearing Disability, 10.0% reported an Ambulatory Disability, 7.1% reported a Cognitive Disability, 3.3% reported a Self-Care Disability, and 7.8% reported an Independent Living Disability.
Talleri A. McRae, an access, inclusion and education consultant, initially conceived the idea for an access event in Louisville after attending ADA celebrations in Chicago and Miami. "Louisville is one of the most arts-friendly and accessible cities in the country," McRae points out. "We have a lot to celebrate, and many reasons to keep striving toward arts experiences that welcome people with disabilities."
Toby Roberts, Manager of Access Services at The Kentucky Center, agrees with McRae. "The Kentucky Center serves as a resource to arts organizations throughout the state," Roberts says. "Our access services can and should be available not just to our patrons, but to patrons and artists across Kentucky."
StageOne Family Theatre's production of Harold and the Purple Crayon is an exciting world premier in which storytelling, music, dance, and the visual arts come together, using technology to create an unique interactive arts experience for each audience member. Based on Crockett Johnson's classic tale of a young boy, his vibrant imagination, and adventures created through his drawings, this new musical features a narrator, one cast member, and a musical score from renowned Bluegrass singer-songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee. This production is produced in partnership with the Speed Museum and the Humana IT department.