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A collage of 4 photographs in each corner of a rectangle surrounding the text: Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative/ Creating a more inclusive arts and culture scene for the Saint Louis region. The top left photo includes close-ups of patrons smiling with black listening devices in their ears. The top right presents the back of a person with long hair in a wheelchair moving down a sidewalk in a forested area. The bottom left is a closeup of the landmark stL arch from below. It reaches to a sky of blue and filled with fluffy white clouds. The bottom right features a person with short dark hair and gold hoop earrings signing ASL.

 

The Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative (ACAC) seeks to create a resource for the community that will allow us to continually move forward through discussions and committed work to create a more inclusive arts and culture scene for our region. We believe that Saint Louis’s arts and culture community is for everyone and that everyone deserves access to Saint Louis’s vibrant cultural landscape. Our mission is to empower our community to become more accessible to people with disabilities as visitors, patrons, artists, employees, and volunteers.

The ACAC is a volunteer-based group that brings together cultural practitioners, people with disabilities, and disability advocates to share experiences and learn from each other to create a more inclusive community. We are dedicated to increasing arts accessibility in the Saint Louis area and to facilitate a dynamic cooperative that strives to advance accessibility and inclusion across the Greater Saint Louis Area.

For more information, please contact Rachel Melton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



Website Accessibility 101 

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Wells Fargo Advisors, St. Louis, MO
 
This session opened with a presentation from November Champion, who manages the Wells Fargo Advisors Online Accessibility Program and team. Following her presentation, attendees traveled through 4 stations utilizing assistive technology to demonstrate how those with various disabilities navigate websites.
 
Experts: November Champion, Sr. Online Accessibility Strategist and Assistant Vice President of innovation & Strategy; Christy Herzing, Academic ADA Coordinator at Webster University; Kimberly Lackey, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Paraquad; and Dr. Stephen Kissel, blind patron and accessibility consultant for Lighthouse for the Blind, Saint Louis.
 
 
 
 

 


Beyond the Entrance: Implementing accessibility features into exhibit design and more.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
 
A panel of local cultural administrators and advocates discuss program accessibility and Universal Design. 
 
Moderator: Sena Dawes
 
Panel: Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Gateway Arch National Park; Nicole Smith, Membership Coordinator at the Missouri Historical Society; and Jason Roberts, Video Producer, Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.)
 
ASL Interpretation sponsored and provided by DEAF Inc.
Audio Description provided by MindsEye.
 
 
 

How can we create an inclusive environment for people with disabilities within our community's arts and cultural spaces?

Wednesday, December 6th 2017
Paraquad, 5240 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
 
A panel of local cultural administrators and advocates open a dialogue on accessibility.
 
Moderator: November Champion
 
Panel: Christy Herzing, Community Access Coordinator at ParaquadSean Smith, Director of Operations at The Muny; and Dr. Stephen Kissel, blind patron and accessibility consultant for Lighthouse for the Blind, Saint Louis.
 
ASL Interpretation provided by Deaf Way Interpreting Services.
Audio Description provided by MindsEye.