Wyoming Arts Council

Arts for Underserved Populations

The WAC provides grants and builds programs that make Wyoming a state where underserved communities and diverse populations have equal access to arts programming.

The WAC advocates for full access to the arts through individualized assistance to grantees in their efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) requirements.  All WAC grantees are required to complete an Accessibility Checklist, a  504 Self Evaluation or a Plan during the grant period.

WAC’s most recent 504 Self-Evaluation Workbook was completed in February 2016.

Underserved populations lack access to arts programs due to geographic isolation and/or limited access to quality arts resources and programs due to economic conditions, disability, age or other reason.

Bringing artists and art experiences to Wyoming’s geographically isolated areas is a priority identified in the current WAC Strategic Plan (2016-2020).  To achieve Goal 4 – ‘increase outreach to geographically rural and underserved communities,’ the WAC established two grant opportunities for programs occurring after July 1, 2016.:

Accessible

Organizations should consider the following: Expand

  • Clear entry signage
  • Exhibits (label height, approaching distance, floor space)
  • Impaired Hearing (captioning, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreter, etc.)
  • Impaired Vision (large print, audio/video description, Braille, touch tours)
  • Parking
  • Policy on accessibility and plan for improvement (written)
  • Seating (oversized, companion seating, integrated, dispersed)
  • Staff/Volunteer training on Accessibility
  • Telephone Access (TDD, TTY, Amplifier, other)
  • Use of Accessibility symbols on signage, promotional/informational materials
  • Venue (doors, elevator/lift, handrails, indoor/outdoor ramps, restrooms, lighting)
  • Website (tagging, text only option)

Inclusion

Being accessible also includes creating programs for people with limited opportunities to participate in the arts. Following is a partial list of options to make arts programs inclusive: Expand

  • Discounted or Free Tickets or a Sliding Scale Fee (economically disadvantaged)
  • Impaired learning accommodations (incl. for the developmentally disabled)
  • Direct Outreach to Ethnic or Cultural Groups (Hispanic, Native Americans, Basque, Korean)
  • Direct Outreach to institutionalized people
  • Direct Outreach to low-income populations
  • Direct Outreach to Older Adults (seniors)
  • Direct Outreach to other special populations (migrants, energy workers, etc)
  • Direct Outreach to people with disabilities
  • Direct Outreach to youth at risk  and partnerships with service organizations (Boys & Girls Club, Senior Center)

The WAC Access/ADA Specialist is available to encourage and support underserved populations, to assist with completing the 504 Self-Evaluation, and to access WAC grant funding.  Contact the WAC’s ADA Coordinator to request ADA services or submit an ADA grievance.

For more information, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Anne Hatch at anne.hatch@wyo.gov or 307-777-7721.


Contact: Anne Hatch

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