Category Archives: access

Provide support, examples and tools

By Jini Stolk It was a privilege to be part of the Leading a Culture of Accessibility panel at last month’s wildly successful ONN Conference (even though a packed schedule meant I missed enticing overlapping sessions on data strategy, government policy and evaluation.) Liviya Mendelsohn talked about the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s inspiring all-in […]

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Accessibility options

by Jini Stolk A friend of mine, who runs a small but mighty arts space, recently asked if I had any advice about her accessibility options. Like many of us, she’s eager to comply with the Provinces’ new accessibility standards but even more to the point, her organization wishes to make itself accessible to all […]

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Update on accessibility

by Jini Stolk The Air Canada Centre must be very sorry it didn’t accommodate a legally blind ticket buyer’s request for accessible seating at Stevie Wonder’s upcoming concert. The overwhelmingly bad PR for ACC and Ticketmaster highlighted just one of the reasons we want to stay well ahead of the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with […]

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Living in the future

by Jini Stolk Being on the right side of history definitely involves being diverse and inclusive onstage, backstage, in the office, on the board, and in the theatre. We’ve been incredibly lucky in Toronto to have experienced on our stages the artistic contributions of one of the world’s most varied gatherings of cultures, ethnicities, races […]

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It’s the law: accessibility news, funding and training

Creative Trust and Picasso PRO have been getting lots of kudos for our new handbooks on audio described and American Sign Language interpreted performances, including this from our friends at the Canada Council. “WOW. At last! a Canadian support document for arts orgs. Bravo.” We’re hoping that more than a few companies, both here and […]

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Canadian playwright Alex Bulmer interviewed on CBC

by Jini Stolk It was a special pleasure to hear Canadian playwright Alex Bulmer being interviewed last week on CBC’s Sunday Edition about her work on the huge installation, Breathe, which launched the Olympic sailing event. Alex, who is blind, was a leader in the Toronto Theatre Alliance’s (now TAPA) diversity and inclusion programs. She […]

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New! Handbook on arts access

Creative Trust and Picasso PRO have just released two handbooks for producers and presenters of Audio Described and American Sign Language interpreted performances. These practical toolkits provide step by step guidance for anyone planning to open their programming to Deaf/hard of hearing or Blind/low vision attenders. The handbooks are the result of an innovative three-year […]

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First steps towards inclusion

by Jini Stolk Creative Trust and Picasso PRO proudly wrapped up our two year Sun Life Performing Arts Access Program last month. This pioneering program, introduced to Creative Trust members on November 23, 2009, was designed to open up the city’s theatres to Blind/Low-Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing audiences. Using a pilot series of audio […]

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Awards, Collaborations, and New Funding for Disability Arts

All Together Again to Celebrate John McKellar Arts Patron John McKellar received Business for the Arts’ prestigious Bovey Award on October 6 at the Carlu where Creative Trust joined the many grateful recipients of John’s generosity – which includes conceiving and producing All Together Now: Creative Trust’s October 27, 2003 gala launch, attended by 1,000 people at the […]

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