The Truth About Inclusion

AN EXPLORATION OF INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS IN OUR NORTHERN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY

With our recent move to a larger studio, Arts for All Northern Michigan is preparing to expand our offerings. But first, we want to learn more about our community, connect with our partners and create collective resources that we can all use together.
In order to do that, we’re kicking off a study through early 2020 that seeks to:
  • Engage community members to understand how different groups define *inclusion* (What does inclusion mean to YOU?)
  • Identify arts and cultural community assets, organizations and people engaged in “inclusion-focused” programming (Where are the gems?)
  • Identify barriers, obstacles and needs to inform our programming decisions (Where are the gaps?)

The more we create opportunities to walk alongside individuals with disabilities, the more we can eradicate fear of the unknown and the stigma that accompany it.

OUR GOAL

Arts for All aims to be a leader in inclusive arts and culture programming, serving and connecting individuals of ALL abilities in our community. We’ll leverage the study for:
  • Inform our program offerings and partnerships (both in-studio and out in the community)
  • Set a new standard of accessibility and inclusivity for our services
  • Develop training resources on inclusion
  • Create customized training for organizations interested in growing with us towards an inclusive community

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The study will engage people across the community through focus groups, interviews, and surveys, with a public workshop on our findings in the Winter of 2020.

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