Canada - International Document

The Art of Inclusion, Seven Steps: A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations


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Year of Publication:
2014

Publisher(s):
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Publication Type:
Guides

Abstract:

n 2014, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection released The Art of Inclusion: Seven Steps – A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations, a new industry guideline based on the results of the gallery’s EnAbling Change Project with the Government of Ontario. The two-year project revolved around two key priorities: developing and implementing inclusive art programs in an environment that directly supports individuals’ needs, and producing a guide based on those experiences.

The guide presents and explains the seven steps devised by McMichael for developing accessible arts programs, which are: Step 1 – define goals of your cultural organization, Step 2 – Develop partnerships with other organizations, Step 3 – Assess target audience and required work environment, Step 4 – Design program content, Step 5 – Promote program through various accessible means, Step 6 – Deliver program to audience, and Step 7 – Evaluate program and share with other organizations. These steps emphasize that knowing your audience and engaging them with interesting and flexible programs, and providing program instructors, educators, and staff who understand the various needs of individuals, is key. Programs should also be flexible to ensure that everyone can participate in an environment and space that is adaptable and safe.

McMichael’s ultimate goal with the Art of Inclusion and its seven-step process—a nod to the Group of Seven painters—is to assist other arts and culture organizations in developing and implementing their own accessible initiatives, and demonstrate the overall benefits of engaging visitors through specialized programs.



Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Non-Health Settings

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

McMichael Canadian Art Collection. (2014). The Art of Inclusion, Seven Steps: A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations. Canada: McMichael Canadian Art Collection.