Trainings for Organizations

“The “Disability Awareness” training provided our team an opportunity to think deeply about policy, practices, and personal experiences around disability. We are a more inclusive, welcoming museum because of this experience.”

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Executive Director

Inclusive Arts Vermont has a dream: that any person, with or without a disability, can enter any  arts organization in Vermont and participate in any program in the way that they choose. We are making that dream a reality by offering one-on-one intensive trainings for arts and cultural organizations.

Through the use of best practices in accessibility, arts organizations are creating a more inclusive community. But many organizations feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when implementing inclusive practices. That’s where Inclusive Arts Vermont comes in.

We offer a variety of training programs, from two-hour-long workshops to mentoring over the course of months. Please contact us to talk more about your organization’s specific needs and budget – we’re happy to work with you and create something individualized.

Past partners include the Vermont Arts Council, University of Vermont, Vermont Afterschool, and more. Our staff have also presented workshops and been featured as keynote speakers at numerous local and national conferences.

Possible offerings include:

Disability Awareness: This training is designed to begin a conversation about inclusion that will continue in the community when the workshop is over. It provides information about various disabilities, respectful language, disability access symbols, communication strategies, accessibility and accommodations, and more.

Arts and Inclusion: Designed for program staff, this two-hour workshop encourages participants to harness the power of authentic and inclusive arts experiences. The workshop includes ample opportunity to experiment with arts materials, as well as cover the nuts-and-bolts of why and how to offer inclusive art experiences to ensure access for all in your program.

Inclusive Arts Education in Practice: Participants explore the value each student brings through a process-focused approach that cultivates belonging, engagement, and learning. The workshop also explores the relationship between social and emotional skills and art making. Time and space for reflection is provided to identify ways to apply learning to individual practices.

Doesn’t sound like what you need? Contact us!

For more information about training for organizations, contact Heidi Swevens, Director of Community Partnerships.

Heidi Swevens and Toby MacNutt address a large group in a ballroom. The audience looks up to a projection screen at left.
Heidi Swevens and Toby MacNutt address a large group in a ballroom. The audience looks up to a projection screen at left.
Viewed from above, a table is covered in art supplies including paint, scissors, paper, glue, brushes, and adaptive materials. A hand enters from left, dipping a brush into a palette of watercolors.
Viewed from above, a table is covered in art supplies including paint, scissors, paper, glue, brushes, and adaptive materials. A hand enters from left, dipping a brush into a palette of watercolors.