Improving access to the arts through systems-level change

At Inclusive Arts Vermont, we believe that all voices deserve to be heard and valued. We use the arts to bring people with disabilities to the center of their community and encourage them to engage with the greater world.

To work towards total access and inclusion for people with disabilities within the arts and cultural venues across Vermont, we offer the following programs:

Professional Development: Partnering with other organizations, we offer numerous training opportunities annually for teaching artists and other educators who want to create inclusive classrooms for all types of learners. These opportunities emphasize adaptations, arts integration, and Universal Design for Learning.

Training for Organizations: We offer workshops and consultations with organizations seeking training in inclusive program practices, in and outside of the arts. These trainings are individualized to meet the learning goals of each organization.

Exhibitions: In 2012, we hosted Engage, our first exhibition of work by Vermont artists with disabilities. In 2018 we re-invigorated our exhibition efforts through Flourish, which showcased the work of 36 professional artists with disabilities. In 2019 we made the commitment to host biennial exhibitions, beginning in 2020 with ANEW. Currently, MASKED, our 4th exhibition, is touring statewide through April 2023.

For more information about training and exhibition opportunities, contact Heidi Swevens, Director of Community Partnerships.