reachArts

Accessibility training and support
for cultural events and festivals

Planning your next event?  Incorporate Accessibility.

reachArts provides knowledge, resources, and training for organizations in the arts and culture sector to ensure that their events and festivals are equitably accessible across every step of the planning, marketing, and implementation process. {Play}

 Check out our new Online-Interactive Art Gallery for

NAAW 2024

Throughout National AccessAbility Week  (May 26-June 1, 2024) you can submit artwork centred around the themes of accessibility, equity, and/or inclusion to our new online art gallery. Learn more by clicking here {Play}

Logo is shown for National AccessAbility Week NS, May 28-June 3. Image indicates it can be clicked to learn more about NAAW NS.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

Live Accessible Event Training for your organization

 

  • In-depth training from accessibility planning experts
  • Tailored to your needs and goals
  • From small events to large-scale festivals
  • Live online or at your workplace
  • Modules on accessible planning, marketing, implementation, and more!

COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE SHARING

Get the resources and services you need for your accessible event or festival

 

  • Resource and Service Needs Consultations
  • Diverse roster of partnered accessibility service providers
  • Service matching and hiring support
  • Financial application support

SECTOR
WORKSHOPS

Gain tools for accessible event planning, marketing, and implementation

 

  • Broad-topic workshops on accessibility planning
  • Open to any cultural event organizer or staff
  • Online and in-person options
  • Free registration
  • Grant writing

Join Our Community

Stay up to date with our latest program developments, workshop schedules, and helpful insights on planning and producing accessible events.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

Tailored to Your Event Needs

reachArts’ award-winning accessibility experts will deliver curated accessibility training to your organization. These trainings will be customized based on an in-depth consultation with your event organizers. Our modules will guide you to successfully navigate barriers to entry and enjoyment, and invite persons of all abilities to fully engage in invigorating cultural experiences. {Play}

Our trainings will help you adapt your physical and virtual spaces for accessibilty, teach you accessible marketing strategies, and equip you with the critical knowledge, resources, and steps to ensure full accessibility of your events for audiences, organizers, and hired artists at every point of contact with your
organization. {Play}

Our team can come to you, or offer trainings online.
Click below to speak with our experts today! {Play}

COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE SHARING

It Takes a Village

Presenting an accessible event takes time, consideration, and specialized resources that aren’t always easy to find. reachArts’ roster of reputable accessibility service providers is here to help you as you seek to hire the very best for your next event or festival. {Play}

Ask us how we can connect you with the resources you need to ensure a truly welcoming and accessible event. {Play}

  • Closed Captioners
  • ASL Interpreters
  • Descriptive Audio Recorders
  • Built Environment Assessors
  • Disability Community Advocates
  • Connecting established festivals with artists and advocates in the disability community

SECTOR WORKSHOPS

Learn With Us

reachArts strives to make accessibility education widely available to the arts and culture community. Our free training workshops, open to any festival organizer, will offer advice on the fundamental steps towards making your organization and events more accessible. {Play}

Book your spot today to receive practical insight on how to avoid the missteps that can so often make members of the disability community feel unincluded and unwelcome at public events. {Play}

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

Tailored to Your Event Needs

reachArts’ award-winning accessibility experts will deliver curated accessibility training to your organization. These trainings will be customized based on an in-depth consultation with your event organizers. Our modules will guide you to successfully navigate barriers to entry and enjoyment, and invite persons of all abilities to fully engage in invigorating cultural experiences. {Play}

Our trainings will help you adapt your physical and virtual spaces for accessibilty, teach you accessible marketing strategies, and equip you with the critical knowledge, resources, and steps to ensure full accessibility of your events for audiences, organizers, and hired artists at every point of contact with your organization. {Play}

Our team can come to you, or offer trainings online.
Click below to speak with our experts today! {Play}

COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE SHARING

It Takes a Village

Presenting an accessible event takes time, consideration, and specialized resources that aren’t always easy to find. reachArts’ roster of reputable accessibility service providers is here to help you as you seek to hire the very best for your next event or festival. {Play}

Ask us how we can connect you with the resources you need to ensure a truly welcoming and accessible event. {Play}

  • Closed Captioners
  • ASL Interpreters
  • Descriptive Audio Recorders
  • Built Environment Assessors
  • Disability Community Advocates
  • Connecting established festivals with artists and advocates in the disability community

SECTOR WORKSHOPS

Learn With Us

reachArts strives to make accessibility education widely available to the arts and culture community. Our free training workshops, open to any festival organizer, will offer advice on the fundamental steps towards making your organization and events more accessible. {Play}

Book your spot today to receive practical insight on how to avoid the missteps that can so often make members of the disability community feel unincluded and unwelcome at public events. {Play}

LEVEL UP YOUR ACCESSIBILITY

Find out how we can help you and your organization welcome audiences, artists and staff of all abilities.

The illustration shows a large black bordered horizontal rectangle, inside which is a tropical blue green and gold speckled background. There are stencil shapes of flower petals and small white and drawn circles in the top right and bottom left corners. Across the center of the art is the word reflection cut out of aluminum foil. Below is the identical word cut from white paper, which is inverted as in reflection.
The illustration shows a vertical black bordered rectangle inside which at the top of the page, there is a pencil drawing of a full moon shining through the clouds of a night sky. On the right stands a small lighthouse on top of a cliff, which rises out of the ocean, with an horizon line stretching out from right to left. Appearing through the surface of the ocean is the tip of a small white iceberg, with waves gently surrounding it. As we move down the page, the illustration becomes divided and a now colorful, and complex iceberg, much bigger, is revealed below the surface of the ocean. It is covered by an intricate street map using bright orange and lime green for numbers, hidden words symbols and shapes, and a brilliant blue arrow twisting and turning throughout.
The illustration shows a large black bordered square, inside which a highly detailed line drawing of a black crow stands on the ground with its head down by its claws. The tail feathers have been colored in with black spray paint, which while wet has run down towards the bottom of the illustration. Through the crow's outline and around it are defined brushstrokes in bright greens, light blues and crimson. In the top left corner is a bright orange painted rectangle, which also slightly ran down the image while still wet. Stenciled onto the orange rectangle is the word "Caw" in solid black lettering.

OUR STORY

As a collaborative arm of reachAbility, reachArts draws on over 20 years of award- winning expertise in the field of accessibility planning. For the last decade, our experts have planned and presented the Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, an annual event designed for accessibility that showcases works created by and for members of the disability community. With the many lessons learned and challenges overcome in organizing these successful and wholly accessible events, reachArts is thrilled to take the next step as we extend our expertise to organizations producing their own events. We want to make sure that all festivals and cultural events in Nova Scotia, no matter their intended audience, have access to crucial accessibility training and resources so they can be welcoming, accessible, and engaging to persons of all abilities. {Play}

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The images on the left represent a selection of commissioned works by artists with disabilities for Win Win Win – our CEO Tova Sherman’s most recent book publication.

Win,Win,Win

Click the button below to purchase your own copy of reachAbility CEO Tova Sherman’s book, “Win, Win, Win: The 18 Inclusionisms You Need To Become A Disability Confident Employer”  {Play}

OUR STORY

As a collaborative arm of reachAbility, reachArts draws on over 20 years of award- winning expertise in the field of accessibility planning. For the last decade, our experts have planned and presented the Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, an annual event designed for accessibility that showcases works created by and for members of the disability community. With the many lessons learned and challenges overcome in organizing these successful and truly accessible events, reachArts is thrilled to take the next step as we extend our expertise to organizations producing their own events. We want to make sure that all festivals and cultural events in Nova Scotia, no matter their intended audience, have access to crucial accessibility training and resources so they can be welcoming, accessible, and engaging to persons of all abilities. {Play}
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The images below represent a selection of commissioned works by artists with disabilities for Win Win Win – our CEO Tova Sherman’s most recent book publication.

The illustration shows a large black bordered horizontal rectangle, inside which is a tropical blue green and gold speckled background. There are stencil shapes of flower petals and small white and drawn circles in the top right and bottom left corners. Across the center of the art is the word reflection cut out of aluminum foil. Below is the identical word cut from white paper, which is inverted as in reflection.
The illustration shows a vertical black bordered rectangle inside which at the top of the page, there is a pencil drawing of a full moon shining through the clouds of a night sky. On the right stands a small lighthouse on top of a cliff, which rises out of the ocean, with an horizon line stretching out from right to left. Appearing through the surface of the ocean is the tip of a small white iceberg, with waves gently surrounding it. As we move down the page, the illustration becomes divided and a now colorful, and complex iceberg, much bigger, is revealed below the surface of the ocean. It is covered by an intricate street map using bright orange and lime green for numbers, hidden words symbols and shapes, and a brilliant blue arrow twisting and turning throughout.
The illustration shows a large black bordered square, inside which a highly detailed line drawing of a black crow stands on the ground with its head down by its claws. The tail feathers have been colored in with black spray paint, which while wet has run down towards the bottom of the illustration. Through the crow's outline and around it are defined brushstrokes in bright greens, light blues and crimson. In the top left corner is a bright orange painted rectangle, which also slightly ran down the image while still wet. Stenciled onto the orange rectangle is the word "Caw" in solid black lettering.

THE 100% STORE

Visit the 100% Store Store to purchase your copy of Win Win Win and browse a selection of unique artwork and reachAbility merchandise, all designed and created by members of our disability community.

 

Book Cover - Win, Win, Win. The 18 Inclusion-isms You Need To Become A Disability Confident Employer. By Tova Sherman, Award winning CEO and International Inclusion Expert. Link to purchase.

IT STARTS WITH YOU

Work with us to ensure equitable access to your events for audiences, artists, and staff of all abilities.