Accessing Arizona's Arts.
ARTability is an informal consortium dedicated to bridging the gap between Arizona's arts organizations and the disabled community. We take pride in creating an accessible environment for those with special needs in the art world. Please explore our website for information on upcoming accessible events, ARTability meetings, resources and quarterly ARTability newsletters.
Learn about developments in accessiblity and upcoming arts events for the disability community including museum tours, ASL interpretations of theatre productions and exhibitions by artists with special needs.
Are you a member of the disability community looking to contribute to ARTability? Or a representative of an arts organization interested in sponsoring an accessible event? Learn how to join our cause.
We provide resources about making art events and facilities available to all. ARTability conducts customer service training for art groups and provides ASL interpreters and audio describers with recommendations.
A visit to the theater isn't a physically demanding leisure activity; it's a pastime that anybody can take pleasure in. Unfortunately, some disabled patrons have a hard time enjoying themselves while in the theater. Terrible view of the screen from the wheelchair accessible area, lack of online booking service for disabled customers, difficult access to the ticket booth, overcharging for disabled seating, inability to seat by friends and family, and sometimes poor staff disability consciousness – these are some of the issues disabled cinemagoers face.
The good news is most Arizona cinemas and community centers provide comfortable theater seating and access to accommodate people with disabilities – in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most theaters also have wheelchair access ramps, lifts, elevators, and wheelchair bays. Some independent cinemas and art houses have made creative use of their space – putting careful consideration to accessibility, designating desirable areas for the disabled. The Arizona arts community is working towards encouraging a more welcoming environment and progressive attitude towards disabled patrons – including the proper maintenance of disabled facilities and good staff training in disability awareness. People with disabilities have the legal right to theater facilities, but most importantly, they have the right to go to the theater with confidence and ease.