National Endowment for the Arts Announces Maine Arts Commission as Recipient of 2006 National Accessibility Leadership Award
Maine Arts Commission commended for innovative accessibility work
January 19, 2006
Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts announced the Maine Arts Commission as the recipient of the 2006 National Accessibility Leadership Award/grant for their outstanding accessibility work. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), the award recognizes exceptional and effective initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive. The award will be presented on January 20, 2007 at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City.
The award is presented to the Maine Arts Commission in acknowledgement of its numerous programs that serve as national models, demonstrate long-term impacts, and involve the targeted populations in planning and implementation. The Commission’s exemplary work includes:
The Arts Endowment and NASAA established the National Accessibility Leadership Award in 2001. Since 2002, the award has provided a $30,000 NEA competitive grant to the selected state or regional arts agency to advance its access work. Previous award recipients are the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2005); the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2004); the New York State Council on the Arts (2003); Ohio Arts Council 504/ADA Program (2002); and the Arizona Commission on the Arts (2001).
Other NEA Accessibility Resources
The NEA Office of AccessAbility provides advocacy and technical assistance to encourage accessibility in arts programming for older adults, veterans, people with disabilities, and people who reside in institutions. The AccessAbility office works internally with Arts Endowment staff, grant panels and grantees to make NEA-supported arts programs fully accessible. The office also convenes panels and seminars and initiates cooperative projects with other federal agencies and nonprofit groups to better educate professionals serving older and disabled people. Highlight projects include:
Information about the NEA AccessAbility Office and its programs and publications are available at http://www.nea.gov/resources/Accessibility/office.html.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
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