Good day everyone,
As all of you know, VSA Minnesota will be closing its doors at the end of September . This will mean that the “one-stop shop for arts access” for which our organization has been known will no longer be around. Therefore, over the next nine weeks, I will be in five communities to do a final “brain download” of arts access and disability awareness information as a service to the state arts community. I will be in the following five locations from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the noted dates:

Tuesday, July 30 - St. Cloud Central Library, Bremer Community Room 104, 1300 W St Germain Street, St. Cloud 56301
Wednesday, July 31 – Rochester Civic Music, Rochester Government Center, Conf. Rm. 104, 201 4th Street SE, Rochester 55904-3778
Tuesday, August 13 – Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes 56501
Tuesday, August 20 – Reif Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids 55744  

The workshops will be designed to share accessibility and disability information that has been collected, compiled and developed by VSA Minnesota staff over the past 33 years and to answer questions about audience accommodations, disability etiquette and emerging trends in the field of arts access. Electronic resource lists, internet links and suggestions of people to contact will be made available to all attendees at the three-hour gatherings. We will also provide light refreshments at each location.

The target audience is arts administrators, board members and any others interested in access to the arts for people with disabilities. There is no charge to attend but, so that we know how many might attend and so that we can meet the various communication needs of participants, we will ask that people to RSVP to Craig Dunn craig@vsamn.org and provide us with the responses to the following three questions:
1.       What is your name & what organization(s) do you work/volunteer with?
2.       Which workshop will you be attending (St. Paul, St. Cloud, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids)?
3.       Does your participation require an ASL interpreter, a deaf/blind interpreter, or Real-time captioning (CART)?

If at all possible, I would ask that you circulate this notice to your electronic mailing lists so that people in your region/area know that this opportunity is being provided. These workshops are supported by a services grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to assist us in transferring our organizational knowledge to the Minnesota arts community.

Should you have any questions about these presentations, please respond by email or give me a call at the office. I hope the summer season is off to a good start for all of you.

Craig

Craig J. Dunn
Executive Director
VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Av Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN  55403
612-332-3888