ARTS AND CULTURE FOR EVERYONE: "Before the Arts For All Network hui we had accessibility champions in the museum. Now we have relationships with disabled people and disability organisations, and a culture of accessibility and inclusion." Read the blog by Rachel Ingram, Wellington Museum
Introducing the Arts For All Network
Arts For All is an Arts Access Aotearoa/Creative New Zealand partnership programme, inspired by the publication Arts For All. Its aim is to encourage festivals, performing arts companies, literary organisations, museums, galleries, venues and producers to improve their access to disabled audiences.
The programme was established in 2011. Since then, there has been a significant improvement in access to the arts for disabled people: for example, audio described and sign interpreted performances are now a regular feature of many performing arts companies.
Arts Access Aotearoa has set up Arts For All networks in Wellington, Otago, Taranaki, Auckland and Canterbury. These networks, made up of representatives from the disability sector, arts and cultural organisations, and venues, meet throughout the year to gain insights, seek advice, and share information and resources.
For more information about the networks, contact Claire Noble, Community Development Co-ordinator, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: email@example.com).
Arts For All a practical guide
Arts For All: Ngā toi mō te katoa outlines the benefits of marketing the arts to disabled people, and includes both practical and longer-term steps you can take to provide access.
There are eight chapters, including chapters on communications and marketing; galleries and museums; live performance; and digital media. There are also snapshots of organisations, venues and arts projects, along with mini profiles of disabled artists and arts enthusiasts at the beginning of each chapter.
For easy navigation, download a copy of Arts For All.
A limited number of free, hard-copy guides are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 802 4349 to order a copy.
This video, made by Deafradio’s Seeflow translation service for Arts Access Aotearoa, lets Deaf people know about some of the ways artists, performing arts companies, festivals, museums, galleries and venues can make the arts more accessible to Deaf people. Read more
Latest events, opportunities and tips
Chamber music for all
Schools, accessible concerts and audio description are highlighted on Chamber Music New Zealand’s Community section of its website. The recipient of the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2016 is leading the way in providing relaxed workshops and performances, where people with intellectual disability can enjoy music in a safe and relaxed environment.Read more about chamber music for all and its IHC Accessible Concert Mini-Series
International examples of access to the arts
This page provides links to research and articles about arts and community development, accessible arts practice, and arts in Corrections.Read more
Optimise your online arts marketing
Optimise your online arts marketing by registering for the Creative New Zealand webinars, led by The Audience Connection’s Vicki Allpress Hill. These webinars are practical and provide opportunities for listeners to ask questions and get answers. So, for example, a recent webinar was called “Managing Social Media in a Busy Arts Organisation”. After each webinar, the presentation is also uploaded on to Creative New Zealand’s YouTube channel. Contact Grace Sinclair at Creative New Zealand to register for these webinars (E: email@example.com T: 09 373 3077).