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Join Us For Accessibility 101!

The Ashe County Arts Council, in partnership with Arts Access and the North Carolina Arts Council are pleased to offer a workshop that will enable cultural organizations to better include people with disabilities. The workshop will cater to administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, teachers, docents, box office staff, and additional front line staff at cultural arts organizations.
Participants will learn:
  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts arts organizations
  • Common accommodations for customers with disabilities and where to find them
  • Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications and assisting someone
  • Emergency procedures and safety issues
  • Steps for writing your organization’s ADA plan  

When: Monday, March 20th, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Ashe Arts Center, 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson

Register: email or call the Arts Council 336.846-2787

Cost: Free



Presenting - from Arts Access! 


Calling all artists!!! Artists, musicians, of all levels and abilities welcome! Arts Access strives to encourage and promote the work of artists with or without disabilities throughout North Carolina. As a part of this mission, we would like to invite you to join  our directory for the Artist Link Project. Due to consierable interest, we are extending our database to include arts educators and organizations who embrace inclusive programming and want to increase their client base. Inclusion in this database will enable artists and educators to exhibit and promote their work and programming in order to more fully participate in the cultural and artistic life of our state.

Please contact our Program Coordinator, Jennifer Marshburn, if you have questions.

If you or your orgnaization would like to be an ALP member, you can  Submit your application here.




What a great...

Evening with Arts Access

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Fall event! A special thanks to Carly P. Jones, and Roundabout Art Collective for an amazing night of music, art, and entertainment!




Missed Our July Webinar? 


Learn how to create meaningful arts experiences for students with low vision or blindness. The webinar can be accessed directly here.



Who We Are

Arts Access, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1982 and is dedicated to increasing access to North Carolina's thriving arts community for children and adults with disabilities

What We Do

  • Provide a statewide platform for sharing information related to arts and disability through our website, social media and e-news. Join our inclusive arts network today!
  • Organize and lead workshops statewide. Working with arts educators on professional development and educating staff of arts organization on best practices for inlcuding people with disabilities.
  • Maintain a full scheudle of Audio Described performances so that patrons who are blind or have low vision can fully experience theatrical productions.
  • Offer consultation and facility review services to arts organizations.
  • Contribute insight into developing and implementing an ADA accessibility plan.
  • Contribute one-on-one support to artists and art patrons with disabilities!

Click here to make a donation in support of our mission! 

Sponsorship opportunities are always available. Contact our Program Coordinator at