Please join us in congratulating the following grantees who received grants from our Dee Delaney Arts Accessibility Fund. Named for the former executive director of the FISA Foundation, who led efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities until her retirement in 2010, this new grant program supported projects that will contribute to our work to increase the accessibility of arts facilities and programming.
$1,850- Attack Theatre- To hire and train ASL interpreters to participate in the development and performance of ten "Some Assembly Required: Public Art (SAR:Public)" events.
$2,500- City Theatre Company- To offer American Sign Language interpretation for at least one performance per show throughout the 2012-2013 season.
$2,500- Gateway to the Arts- To fund 10 teaching artists to participate in professional development opportunities which provide training in the Early Intervention model.
$2,500- New Hazlett Theater- To update a wheelchair accessible ramp built in the 1970's which has severe drainage issues and poses a safety hazard.
$800- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre- To create an Access Advisory Committee made up of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre staff and members of the disability community, and to market this committee’s efforts in addressing accessibility issues.
$2,500- Pittsburgh Opera- To sustain the Opera's existing large print and Braille materials, audio commentary, Behind the Scenes sensory workshop, and interactive Opera Trunks programs.
$2,450- Stage 62- To purchase an assisted listening system and meet the 2010 ADA requirements for accessible design.
$2,500- State Theatre Center for the Arts- To purchase an ADA compliant assisted listening system.
$2,250- University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre- To retain an ASL interpreter for one performance for each of five shows throughout the 2012-2013 season.
$2,400- Unseam'd Shakespeare Company- To offer ASL interpretation for one performance of each summer show and to bring ASL into the rehearsal room and onto the stage.