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10.8.14

APNNE/NEP Workshop: Intro to Accessible Ticketing & Expeditions Discussion

Daniela Jacobson Plotkin
Program Coordinator, Presenting & Touring/Accessibility Coordinator
NEFA

Co-hosted by APNNE and NEP

10AM-2PM | OCTOBER 15
FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | BURLINGTON, VT
RSVP BY OCTOBER 8 TO RANDY FIPPINGER

The workshop is free, but lunch will be $20.

MORNING DISCUSSION: INTRODUCTION TO ACCESSIBLE TICKETING
When the 2010 ADA Revised Regulations went into effect, including an entirely new section regulating ticketing, cultural arts organizations rolled out new ticketing policies to match but some questions still remain:

  • What do you need to do to be sure that people who need accessible seats get them online?
  • What are the things you need to think about when crafting your release policy for accessible locations?

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the ticketing regulations and to get any lingering questions about them answered. If your organization hosts events where tickets are sold, this session is for you. Bring your box office staff! The Vermont Arts Council and NEFA are sponsoring this presentation by Ms. Betty Siegel, Esq., Director of VSA and Accessibility from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over 30 years starting at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and now as Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She oversees national and international disability, arts and education programs including the VSA Network of organizations engaging in disability arts and education and the LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) network of cultural arts administrators addressing access to cultural experiences. She is a respected expert and speaker on topics related to disability rights, compliance with disability laws and regulations, the arts and disability, and to accessibility to cultural programs and venues for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Ms. Siegel obtained her JD in 2009 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


AFTERNOON DISCUSSION: NEFA'S EXPEDITIONS PROGRAM
In looking at the most recent pool of Expeditions applicants, NEFA noted that many of the same organizations are partnering with the same colleagues on very similar projects. How can we break the mold? The idea is to provide deeper understanding of the program for new/inexperienced presenters and to begin a dialogue about mentorship and present case studies demonstrating that projects big and small can find a place in the funding environment. As noted from last May's "State of the Region" meeting, top strengths (some also appeared in the weakness column) included the Three Cs: Communication, Collaboration and Competition. Ideally, the Expeditions program allows these three things to flourish. Adrienne Petrillo will lead the discussion with guest panelists with an eye toward jump-starting more expansive Idea Swap thinking.