LEAD Conference Builds Cultural Accessibility Awareness

In conjunction with the start of The Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference this week, arts organizations will offer special accessible arts events and inclusive performances.

This is the first time the LEAD conference has taken place in Raleigh. The conference, which is part of the Kennedy Center’s Access/VSA International Network, provides learning, support, camaraderie, and inspiration for those working in the field of cultural accessibility.

Museums like Marbles, Artspace, and the North Carolina Museum of Art will offer special programming, including sensory-friendly experiences. In addition, Betsy Ludwig, a local disability consultant and advocate, will be honored at the conference with the 2021 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts LEAD® Community Asset Award. The Duke Energy Center, which is hosting the conference, is just one of six convention centers in the country to receive its Sensory-Inclusive Certification.

For more information on the LEAD conference and special event programming, visit https://raleighnc.gov/events/raleigh-roam-around.

For a list of Triangle theater events, including accessible performances, visit our Calendar page.

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