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GPAC Arts Accessibility Workshops

Join the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Senator John Heinz History Center and the FISA Foundation for a lively and interactive, six-part program series that will increase your knowledge and awareness of accessibility “best practices,” provide you with timely and essential information, and give you an opportunity to learn and share with experts and your peers. You’ll also take away practical tools to help you welcome and better serve people with disabilities as visitors and patrons, artists and performers, employees and volunteers. Each Lunch & Learn program explores a different accessibility topic and combines a short workshop by a noted expert, an arts organization “testimonial,” the perspectives and recommendations of people with disabilities, and Q&A.
Workshop I: Accessible Facilities & ADA Changes
Thursday, May 19, 2011
11:30 am to 1:30 pm, includes lunch
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Strip District
The first workshop presented by Joan Stein of ADA, Inc. covers recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, accessible facilities, and how to apply to GPAC to receive a subsidized AccessWorks facility audit by ADA, Inc. Up to 15 organizations will be selected for audits.
Other Programs in the Lunch & Learn Series:
Thursday, June 23: Accessible exhibitions and tours.
Thursday, July 14: Accessible programming — learn about American Sign Language interpreting, audio description, captioning for people with hearing impairments, screen readers and more.
Thursday, August 25: Marketing part 1 — how to create accessible marketing materials (websites, braille publications, etc.) to communicate effectively with the disability community.
Thursday, September 15: Marketing part 2 — how to grow your audience by reaching and engaging people with disabilities.
Wednesday, October 12: Presenting artists with disabilities.
All programs take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Heinz History Center, except for the October session, which will be held at a to-be-announced venue. Programs cost $10 each or $50 for the series (one free workshop), and include a box lunch.
Several people from your organization are welcome to attend this event, which is particularly appropriate for staff responsible for decision making, facilities, visitor services and ticketing, such as:

  • Executive Directors
  • Operations Directors
  • Facilities Managers
  • Customer Service, Admissions & Box Office Personnel
  • Event Planners

To Register:
Call ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 or visit

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