You're developing a culture of access in your space. Yay! Your boss is on board and you've got the green light to implement new programming for people with disabilities. Congrats! Now…Who will you serve? What will you do? How will you do it?
Following up on VSA Ohio’s popular, Increasing Access: Opening Doors for People with Disabilities webinar—Erin J. Hoppe will give a brief refresher on general accessibility components then dive into specific best practices for sensory-friendly programs in theatres, galleries, and other spaces. Relaxing the arts experience benefits people with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's/dementia, and more. Using your Ohio counterparts as examples, you'll learn what sensory friendly means, how to structure a program, how to maintain artistic integrity, and how to build the audience.
Erin J. Hoppe has more than a decade of experience as a cultural administrator, researcher, evaluator, and advocate. Erin is executive director of VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, where she works to make the arts and arts education more accessible and inclusive for all Ohioans. Erin holds a Masters in Cultural Policy & Arts Administration from The Ohio State University (2009) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minor in Art History from the University of California, San Diego (2003). She was a program assistant for the Partners in Education program at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and completed an internship for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Government Affairs Office and the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Policy and Analysis.