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 Click here to view information the NC Museum of History's new accessible exhibit

North Carolina Museum of History Increases Accessibility

In case you haven't heard, the North Carolina Museum of History recently unveiled a new exhibit about a Raleigh designer, Made Especially for You by Willie Kay. The museum has included some really wonderful accessibility measures with this exhibit, including:


  • An audio described tour of the exhibit
  • ASL interpretation at Justin LeBlanc’s lecture on February 13, 3:00pm
  • Audio and closed captioning of oral history accounts
  • Touchable fabric swatches like those in some of the dresses
  • Touchable dress silhouettes
  • Spanish language label copy
  • Tours for people with accessibility needs, on request. Call Debra Nichols at 919-807-7986

 Arts Access has been working with the museum on accessibility and inclusion & is so happy with all the work they've done in this direction. This is a beautiful exhibit, so make sure to check it out! 


VSA International Young Soloists Award Program
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Deadline for entries: February 10, 2016
Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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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!

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Sponsorship opportunities are always available. Contact our Program Coordinator at


Our sponsors are CAM Raleigh, Allure Homes, DPAC, Every Story Media, Alphin, Catering Works, Roundabout Art Collective, Maggie Clay Love Consulting, Mickels Jones Properties, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation