Office of Raleigh Arts
The City of Raleigh Arts Grant Program is the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organizations. The Commission's Arts Grants Program has been in operation since 1989, distributing more than $32 million dollars to qualifying organizations. A major example of the City Council's dedication to the cultural development of Raleigh, the program is supported currently by a $5 per capita allocation, which resulted in grant awards totaling $1,801,058 for 2017-2018.
Universal Access & the Arts Day 2018
Intersections – Technology, Access and the Arts
Join the Office of Raleigh Arts and the Raleigh Arts Commission for the third annual Universal Access & the Arts Day. This daylong event highlights trends and best practices in the arts for engaging Deaf and disability communities. This year’s event focuses on new and innovative uses for technology in the accessibility field. From cell phone apps to iPads, to crowdsourced web content, 3D-printing and more, technology is revolutionizing how people engage with the arts. Internationally recognized inclusive design expert Sina Bahram will deliver the keynote address and lead an afternoon session on digital access projects he has worked on with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and New York City’s Cooper Hewitt Museum.
DATE: Thursday, June 21, 9am-4:30pm
COST: $35 (includes networking lunch)
LOCATION: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury St., Raleigh
Presented by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and Sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
ABOUT SINA BAHRAM
NC native Sina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include both private and nationally-funded museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, among others. When not working with museums, Prime Access Consulting’s clients include technology startups, research labs and Fortune-1000 companies. In 2012, Sina was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his work enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. In 2015, the international accessibility community recognized Sina as an Emerging Leader in Digital Accessibility at the annual Knowbility Community Heroes of Accessibility Awards. In 2017, Sina served as the invited co-chair of the 2017 Museums and the Web conference.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU FULLY PARTICIPATE?
All facilities for this event are wheelchair accessible. Audio description, captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. The Office of Raleigh Arts is committed to making our programs accessible to everyone. If you require an additional accommodation or service to fully participate, please contact Sarah Corrin (email@example.com or 919-996-4686) at least 2 weeks prior to the event. If an accommodation would be helpful and the lead time is less than two weeks, please let us know so we can make every effort to help you fully participate.
ABOUT THE SESSIONS
Join the members of the 2017-2018 Arts Learning Community for Universal Access for a brief survey course on accessibility in the arts. Topics to be covered include how to start an accessibility program within an arts organization; ADAtude training (aka customer service); accessibility at festivals and outdoor events; and an introduction to sensory friendly programming.
10:45am-12:15pm Welcoming the Widest Possible Audience
In his keynote address Sina Bahram will make the case for accessibility and inclusive design by diving into the innovative technology approaches currently in use by arts and cultural organizations around North America. Additionally, Sina will review the seven principles of universal design and demonstrate how they empower organizations to become relevant in the 21st century to the widest possible audience. He will cover such cutting-edge trends as 3D-printed tactile replicas, accessible touch screens, GPS- and Beacon-based wayfinding apps, and guided audio description. He will also introduce participants to the Coyote platform, an online workflow tool he developed for Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, to crowdsource, edit and share visual artwork descriptions.
A free, catered, networking lunch will be provided to participants.
1:15-3:15pm Sharing the Stories that Images Tell
In this hands-on session learn about the innovative best practices that came out of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) Coyote Project and the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s new accessible labels app, both developed by Sina Bahram. Through the Coyote Project, MCA crowdsourced descriptions for the artwork shown on its website. By recognizing image descriptions as content for all visitors, the museum moved the needle beyond accessibility to radical inclusion. Sighted visitors reading descriptions of images also connected with artwork in ways previously unimagined. Bahram’s current Cooper Hewitt Museum project, developed for the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, tackles radical inclusion using a different approach – an app to make exhibition content more inclusive to a wider audience than ever before.
1:15-3:15pm Universal Program Design
There is no such thing as a “typical” museum visitor. Visitors are a diverse group, and included among them are people with and without disabilities. Developing educational experiences that meet the needs of this diverse population can be a challenge. This session will provide guidance and increase understanding for universal design of educational and interpretive programs. Participants will have an opportunity to delve into the thought process behind and work through the how-to’s of designing and presenting an activity for all audiences. Presenter: Liani Yirka, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission & former NC Museum of Natural Sciences Accessibility & Inclusion Coordinator
3:30-4:30pm The “i’s” of Access – iPads, iPhones, iBeacons and More
Join SAS Institute’s Senior Manager for Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology to dive into the built-in accessibility features of Apple's iOS interface. Learn how to leverage iPod, iPhones and iPads as teaching tools for all audiences. Then explore a collaborative project that developed innovative uses for iBeacons as mechanisms for improving spatial navigation for visually impaired visitors to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
3:30-4:30pm Off the Record
Have a burning question you always wanted to ask about accessibility but were too afraid to ask? Bring all the questions you ever wanted to ask around accessibility and inclusive design to this session and ask Sina Bahram “off the record”. This is a no-judgement safe space to ask questions about accessibility practices and inclusive design in cultural organizations, be they super basic, extremely technical, or high level.
2018-2019 Arts Learning Community
What does it mean for an arts organization to include people with disabilities in its programming? While arts organizations are increasing their accommodations, they still face obstacles to making improvements and have questions about the what, why, and how of getting things done.
To support these efforts, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are partnering for a fourth year to offer a yearlong arts learning community that uses a collaborative approach to advocating for and improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. This peer cohort will run this summer through June of 2019 and up to 16 representatives of Raleigh and Wake County organizations will be selected to participate. (Interested organizations located outside of Wake County should contact Sarah Corrin.
Organizations interested in participating in this Arts Learning Community, must submit a completed application to the Office of Raleigh Arts by Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m.
For complete information about the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access, please download the 2018-2019 Arts Learning Community Guidelines & Application Form.
Raleigh Arts Partners
For 2017-2018, 35 nonprofit organizations are receiving city arts funding:
- African American Cultural Festival
- Arts Access
- Arts Together
- Burning Coal Theatre Company
- CAM Raleigh
- Carolina Ballet
- Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
- Chamber Music Raleigh
- Community Music School
- El Pueblo
- International Focus
- The Justice Theater Project
- North Carolina Master Chorale
- North Carolina Museum of History
- North Carolina Opera
- NC State University Theatre
- NC Symphony
- North Carolina Theatre
- North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre
- Nuv Yug Cultural Organization
- Performance Edge
- Philharmonic Association
- PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
- Raleigh Boychoir
- Raleigh Civic Symphony Association
- Raleigh Little Theatre
- The Raleigh Ringers
- Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
- Theatre in the Park
- Visual Art Exchange
- Wake Enterprises
Subject to eligibility requirements, any nonprofit organization, with 501(c)3 tax exempt status and whose corporate headquarters is located within the limits of the City of Raleigh, may apply for an Arts Grant. To determine eligibility for these grants, please review the grant guidelines below and note the application dates and deadlines.
Required Grant Workshops
Any organization interested in applying for a 2019-2020 Arts Grant will be required to attend one or more grant workshops scheduled mid-October - mid-November.
The 2019-2020 Arts Grant Workshop schedule will be posted by early October.
Innovation Grants, Operating and Program Support
Annual Grant Application Process
The 2018-2019 grant application cycle has closed. Guidelines and other information for 2019-2020 grants will be posted by the end of October. All organizations interested in applying for funding must attend one of the annual grant workshops in late fall. Organizations new to the Raleigh Arts Grant Program, and those interested in applying for a different type of funding than they have in the past, must notify the Arts Grant Director of their intent to apply. Grant applications will be due in early January 2019.
The 2018-2019 Grant Guidelines and application forms posted below are for reference only until information about the 2019-2020 grant process is posted in the fall.
2018-2019 Grant Guidelines and Application Forms:
Operating Support & Innovation Grant Guidelines
Program Support & Innovation Grant Guidelines
Application Form - Innovation Grants
Application Form - Operating Support
Application Form - Program Support