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Inclusive Design in Virtual Arts Programming

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many arts organizations have realized the value and power of maintaining online and hybrid programming. It provides patron choice and flexibility, while also reaching a wider audience. As we are segueing into the endemic, organizations can consider how the realized lessons can influence future programming. Creating online programs that are accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities are also vital to the planning process. This session will explore necessary considerations when designing, marketing, and implementing online programming in order to create an equitable experience for all through an inclusive design approach. 

Diane Nutting works at the intersections of arts, disability, and education. Ms. Nutting is an accessibility and inclusion consultant and practitioner focusing on cultural arts and arts education settings. Her recent collaborations include projects with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arts Midwest, Disney Theatrical Group, Strathmore, Ford’s Theatre, and the United States Botanic Garden. Previously, she served nine years as the Director of Access and Inclusion for Imagination Stage, where she led the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive performing arts experiences for all students, patrons, and artists.

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