ADA: Principles and Practice for Arts Administrators

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Six (6) workshops focusing on ADA concepts and terminology for ARTS administrators to expand and improve arts programs and services for all.

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The Connecticut Office of the Arts, in partnership with its nine designated regional service organizations, will present the workshop ADA: Principles and Practice in six locations across the state with a focus on ADA concepts and terminology.

This concentration on the law’s structure will provide participants with some of the skills necessary to apply ADA in the evaluation of their own programs and services. Attendees will benefit from a relaxed learning environment that will enable them to take a deep-dive into identifying their organizations’ accessibility strengths and weaknesses.

Presenter: Elanah Sherman

Elanah Sherman has been involved in the disability rights movement for about twenty-five years as community organizer, advocate, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) trainer. Her last two positions were as Project Director of the ADA Coalition of Connecticut and Advocate at the former State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. As an arts-involved person herself, she has a special interest in educating arts personnel in how to knowledgeably apply ADA, enabling the transformative power of the arts to reach as many people as possible.

All workshops will include a presentation by Elanah Sherman followed by a panel discussion moderated by our presenter. Unique to each workshop will be a different panel of local individuals with disabilities who will share their experiences attending and participating in the arts.

These workshops will be presented regionally throughout October so we may provide greater opportunities for arts administrators to attend and deepen their knowledge in ADA concepts and terminology. Select the workshop that best fits your schedule.

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

Tuesday, October 1st from 10:00am – 12:30pm

Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Windham Arts

Wednesday, October 16th from 10:00am - 12:30pm

EASTCONN, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT

Shoreline Arts Alliance and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

Thursday, October 17th from 10:00am – 12:30pm

Florence Griswold Museum , 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region

Wednesday, October 23rd from 10:00am – 12:30pm

Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT

Greater Hartford Arts Council

Thursday, October 24th from 10:00am - 12:30pm

Free Center, 460 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Tuesday, October 29th from 10:00am – 12:30pm

Makery Coworking, 20 Bank Street, New Milford, CT

For more information about the workshops contact Tamara Dimitri by email at or by phone at (860) 500-2377.

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