The Kentucky Center’s Accessibility Services and Education departments partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) to produce the 2018 Best Practices Symposium in Inclusive and Accessible Theatre. Teaching artists and educators from all over the country came to Louisville February 2 – 4 to participate in professional development sessions including “Sensory Friendly Business Practices” and “How to Include Self-Contained Classes on Arts Field Trips.”
Attendees were welcomed to Louisville by Kentucky Center President & CEO Kim Baker, who expressed her excitement at their discovery of our city’s commitment to providing arts access and inclusion.
On Saturday, Symposium attendees took in a Sensory Friendly performance of StageOne Family Theatre’s Hamlet, where visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli were regulated to create an optimal audience experience for people on the Autism Spectrum. Prior to moving into the theater, Stacy Ridgway, the Center’s manager of Accessibility Services, educated the group regarding the different accommodations they could observe or actively participate in, including Audio Description, Caption Theater, and American Sign Language Interpretation.
On Sunday, Jeff Jamner, Kentucky Center Senior Director of Education and Community Arts, and Stacy Ridgway presented on past partnerships within their specific areas of mission work, with an emphasis on the Universal Design for Learning and the value of integrated classroom arts experiences.