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Accessible Arts News

19/06/2014 - The Belonging Project

Image of a kids drawing on white paper on a painting easel for the Belonging ProjectFree School Holiday Kids Art Workshops. All abilities welcome.

Inviting kids with additional needs from 0-8 years old to create artworks celebrating their lives - the places they like to go, what they like to do and the people they go there with.

Using painting, drawing, collage, stickers and more we will make artworks to be shown in a kids art exhibition in December 2014. 

Arts Activated Conference Logo Green and pink arrowsArts Activated 2014 has launched its dedicated Conference website.

The site hosts all program, registration, sponsorship and access information in one convenient location.

Easy to navigate, it also features the recently released Conference Program streamsregistration ratesaccommodation and access information

Accessible Arts is looking for experienced and motivated trainers to join our small, dynamic team
to support and further the delivery of our training modules.

In particular, we are looking to contract Casual Trainer(s)to deliver our Disability Awareness training. 

Applications close on Friday 25 July, 2014.

Small grants of $3,000 will be given to support art project celebrating International Day of People with Disability in NSW. Applications close 30 June 2014.

Delineate is an arts program that seeks to enrich the creative initiatives of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign run by Family and Community Services (FACS) to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

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Cultural ProgramCall for Events

The Cultural Program is a series of curated events that will take place across Sydney and its surrounding suburbs in October 2014, during the Arts Activated Conference week.

Accessible Arts is calling for submissions from individual artists, arts venues and arts organisations for events that promote inclusive arts and disability practice.

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What's On

Performances : Sydney : May to December 2014 : audio described, captioned and Auslan interpreted STC performances

Performances : Surry Hills : Various dates in 2014 : Belvoir Street Theatre has released details of its audio-described (AD) and captioned (CAP) performances for the 2014 season.

Event : Tuggerah : Monthly in 2014 : Popular new release children's movies will be shown in a friendly environment catering for children with special needs at Event Cinemas

Festival : New Zealand : 22 - 24 Oct 2014 : Interact 2014 is New Zealand's most significant annual disability arts festival showcasing and celebrating Disability Arts. 

Festival : Stanwell Tops NSW : 21 -24 October 2014 : For people with a disability to find their voice through the creative outlets of music, dance, art and performance.

Performance : Penrith : Saturday 3 May and 18 October 2014 : Audio Described performances of Bell Shakespeare's Henry V.

Conference : Sydney : 5 - 6 September 2014: Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock students' learning in stimulating and enjoyable ways.

Grant : NSW : 26 May, mid July, mid August 2014 : funding (up to $5,000) to co-run a project with My Choice Matters.

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Sydney Opera House welcomes friends, carers and families to an access-friendly performance of LEO.

Dancing on the ceiling like Fred Astaire, scaling the walls like Spiderman and floating mid-air like an Indian guru - escape with Leo into an impossible world, where perception and imagination are turned inside out and upside down.

Image of Amplify your art recipient Deb Roach in black pole dancing costume.Hello Accessible Arts! I am writing you this quick update on a train to Manchester airport.

I'm flying to Prague today for the first of my performances to showcase the progress of my artistic practice. I'm the guest performer at the Czech National Pole Dance Championships. My Amplify your art professional development grant has allowed me to attend two major contemporary dance auditions in the UK. This has, has enriched my integrated dance vocabulary tremendously!

Australia's only Arts and Disability weekly television program is showing on Foxtel's Aurora Channel 183 every Sunday at 7pm in June! Series three include two short films, an exploration of The KALDOR Project 28, and follows a personal journey of discovery in to dance.

The series will be repeated in August, and Series 4 will be coming to you in December 2014!

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Sector News

Arts Access Australia, the national peace body for arts and disability are currently running a number of exciting initiatives.

These include Emma Bennison's Increasing Disability Leadership project, expressions of interest are opening for an exhibition by artists with a disability, and the re opening of Access Funds.

Headshot of Jo Verrent UK based artist, consultant and producer with disability who specialises in the development of diversity and access.Jo Verrent is a UK based artist, consultant and producer with disability who specialises in the development of diversity and access.

Prior to her visit in October to be the Key Note Speaker for Arts Activated 2014, Jo will be in Australia in July to talk about the transformational potential of employing disabled people in leadership roles within the cultural sector.

Jo will be presenting forums on disability and leadership in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney through July 2014. RSVP to by Friday 28 June. 

Image of Hurstville Council representative receiving the Community Participation Award at the Local Government Arts and Culture AwardsCongratulations to Hurstville City Council for taking home the Accessible Arts' Community Participation in Arts and Culture Award. Hurstville City Council was recognised for its Quick! Comedy Script Writing Project.

Twenty-three inspiring and innovative local arts and culture initiatives, were recognised at the Local Government Arts and Culture Awards (LGNSW) on 27 May. The permeation of arts and culture through all aspects of local community was reflected in the diversity of the Award categories.

Image of Sydney Opera HouseThe Sydney Opera House unveiled its largest and most diverse program of performances and initiatives designed to improve access for people with disabilities.

This year’s accessible schedule features Auslan-interpreted and audio-described performances, pre-show sensory touch tours, autism-friendly performances and accompanied Meet Your Seat excursions.

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