Mission & Overview
The mission of Arts Access is to enable North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities, and to encourage them to participate fully in the rich cultural and artistic life throughout the state.
Overview of Arts Access
Arts Access is a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded by a group of dedicated individuals in 1982, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that the arts can be enjoyed by everyone. Arts Access concentrates its efforts on providing audio description, consulting and training services, and the organization's website serves as an interactive online resource to connect individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state.
Funding for Arts Access is provided by:
- Grants from CORAC, North Carolina Arts Council, United Arts of Wake County and VSA Arts
- Corporate and Community grants
- In-kind Contributions
- Audio Description Fees
Our Honors and Awards
On July 24, 2003, president of the board of directors of Arts Access, Paul Siceloff, received a Universal Access Award from Universal Disability Advocates, a nonprofit organization which advocates for people of all ages and abilities. He received the award at the fourth annual Triangle Access Awards ceremony "for his extraordinary contribution to making the arts accessible to people with disabilities."
On June 25, 2003, Arts Access was awarded a 2003 Indie Arts Award from The Independent! Indies Arts Awards are presented "to individuals, groups and organizations who've made significant contributions to the local arts scene." The article announcing the award stated: "Arts Access is a 2003 Indie Arts Award recipient because for the past 21 years, they have painted canvases of inclusion for the Triangle's disabled art-lovers." View the beautiful Indie Award plaque!
On May 16, 2003, Arts Access received a Distinguished Service Award from the NC Employment Network (the state level competition for recipients of the Mayor's Committee awards).
On October 16, 2002, Arts Access received a Distinguished Service Award from the Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
On May 13, 2002, the then-president of the board of directors of Arts Access, Bill Brown, was the sole recipient of the 2001 Raleigh Medal of Arts. Nominated primarily for his work as founding coordinator of Explorer Post 512, Technical Production and Design, his work with Arts Access was acknowledged: "As the president and long time board member of Arts Access, he works diligently to ensure that arts events are accessible to persons with disabilities."
On December 31, 2001, our entry in the Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble (The Sloan Wolf) received the Most Kid Friendly Wolf award from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, as part of the People's Choice Awards Ceremony at First Night Raleigh.
On July 26, 2001, the then-president of the board of directors of Arts Access, Bill Brown, received a Universal Access Award from Universal Disability Advocates, a nonprofit organization which advocates for people of all ages and abilities. He received the award at the second annual Triangle Access Awards ceremony "for his extraordinary contribution to making the arts accessible to persons with disabilities."
On September 19, 2000, Arts Access as an organization received a Universal Access Award from Universal Disability Advocates at their first annual awards event. At the same ceremony, our Audio Description coordinator Elizabeth Kahn won the Assistive Technology award, and board member Sarah Corrin picked up a Universal Access Award on behalf of Raleigh Little Theatre.
On May 22, 2000, Arts Access was one of three recipients of the 1999 Raleigh Medal of Arts, a program "designed to foster excellence in the arts and encourage their support ... to recognize those who achieved clear excellence in their art form or who made an extraordinary contribution to the arts through service or financial support." The Raleigh Arts Commission has sponsored the Medal of Arts program since 1984.