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The Art of Inclusion: New Approaches and Innovative Funding Streams for Access to the Arts

Date: 2/16/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sackler Center for Arts Education, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), NYC

In their efforts to move beyond legal requirements, an increasing number of museums provide a diverse array of accommodations for people with disabilities. Since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, people with disabilities have experienced more access to educational, community, and vocational opportunities. However, much remains to be done for these individuals to experience full inclusion in society.

This program will include: a panel of experienced funders and advocates sharing their experiences and discussing some of the latest innovations in funding efforts.  Survey results of a national study that offers “best practices” for museums striving to make their collections increasingly accessible will also be shared. A focus on NYC projects aimed to increase access will be included.



  • Effective tools and strategies designed to increase access to the arts
  • Discover unexpected outcomes and learn how funding for persons with disabilities can provide an enhanced levelS of access for other audiences
  • Far-reaching implications of funding for disability access
  • Lessons learned from a collaborative funding project designed to support access to the arts
  • Network with other funders interested in collaborative funding in this area

Join Philanthropy New York in a Collaborative Program presented by the Disability Funders Network with the Kessler Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, The HSC Foundation, Art Beyond Sight, and the American Foundation for the Blind.




This program will conclude with a gallery tour highlighting accessibility programs at the Guggenheim. Following the program and tour you are cordially invited to join us for an evening of conversation, music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres hosted by Elisabeth Axel, Creative Director and Founder of Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind, at her apartment from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at 285 Riverside Drive, NYC. Entertainment will include a special musical presentation by world renowned musician, educator, scholar and humanitarian from the United Nations International School: Richard Donald Smith. This will be followed by a conversation with Carole Gofhelf, Director of Individualized Supports at AHRC New York City.


Designed for

All interested funders.

1:00 - 5:00 PM       Program
6:00 - 8:00 PM       Reception

Reception held at 285 Riverside Drive, NYC.



Registration is required by February 14th. No fee.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click on the link above (visible through February 14th).

Non-Members: Please fill out this online form to submit your registration request. We will respond to requests no later than two business days before the event.

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