THE ARVADA CENTER HAS BEEN SELECTED to receive one of 24 national grants from the Theatre Communications Group's (TCG) New Generations Program. The Center was awarded $40,000 to expand its Accessibility Program over the next two years. Funding from the New Generations Program will allow the Arvada Center to reach out to blind, low vision, language delayed, deaf and hard-of-hearing theater patrons, and will also support audience development within the disabled community. Specifically, the grant will provide additional audio description units and cochlear implant neck loops, enable the Center to develop and copyright a manual for American Sign Language shadow interpreting, provide shadow interpretive training and recruitment, as well as help supplement direct expenses for the Accessibility Program.
For the Arvada Center, ACCESSIBILITY IS AMISSION-DRIVEN COMMITMENT. The Arvada Center will by no means charge for these services, therefore, fundraising efforts and community support will sustain the program in the future as it has in the past. The Children's Charity Ball has been raising money for the Accessibility Program for 14 years. This year's gala fundraiser was a tremendous success with a $14,500 check presented to the Arvada Center to help children and adults with disabilities have the opportunity to experience the arts in a positive manner. Additional support is provided by community foundations, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation and the Schlessman Family Foundation, Inc.
The Arvada Center's award-winning ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO EXPOSE CHILDREN AND ADULTS with disabilities to the wonder and thrill of quality theater and gallery experiences by eliminating physical and programmatic barriers. A role model for similar organizations, the Center serves over 4,000 disabled patrons through its programs for people with mobility, hearing and visual needs.
Education/Accessibility Manager at the Arvada Center, Mickey McVey said, "Making the arts accessible to people of all ages and (dis)abilities is what has kept me at the Arvada Center for over 15 years. It's one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Most people (including myself) have a disability of some sort, whether it's developmental, mental or physical. No matter who we are - we just want to be accepted. That's what we try to do here at the Arvada Center. Come visit us!"
ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAMS SPONSORED BY
Theatre Communications Group
Children’s Charity Ball
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
Schlessman Family Foundation, Inc.