New Initiative to Create a Resource for Ensuring Accessibility in St. Louis

The 2nd Forum of the Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative will be held Wednesday, March 21st in the AT&T Room at the Missouri History Museum. The forum, titled: Beyond the Entrance, features presentations from a panel of experts followed by a Q&A led by a moderator that highlights how cultural institutions can implement accessibility features into exhibit design and more.

Founded through MindsEye, the Arts and Culture Accessibility Cooperative (ACAC) seeks to create a resource for the community that will allow us to continually move forward through discussions and committed work to create a more inclusive arts and culture scene for our region.

This exciting community event will feature a presentation on the full park revitalization and construction of a new Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis opening July 3, 2018. Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Gateway Arch National Park, will explain the universal design principles that were paramount to the function of the new building and the vision for the new exhibits to create an inclusive museum environment.

Highlighting the impressive work in accessibility at the award-winning Missouri History Museum, Nicole Smith, Membership Coordinator at the Missouri Historical Society, will speak on the many programs that focus to not just meet physical accessibility standards but creating avenues for intellectual accessibility, as well. Jason Roberts, Video Producer, Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.) will illuminate how exhibits and performances can be made accessible to the Deaf Community and speak on the specialization of DEAF, Inc.’s new service, Visdio.

With the simple belief that Saint Louis’s arts and culture community is for everyone and that everyone deserves access to Saint Louis’s vibrant cultural landscape, the ACAC’s mission is to empower our community to become more accessible to people with disabilities as visitors, patrons, artists, employees, and volunteers.

The forum provides fascinating stories from presenters with real problems and solutions on how to tackle accessibility concerns and encourages institutions and individuals to learn from each other. Accessibility is a continuous process that requires passion and dedication from our entire community.

The ACAC is a volunteer-based group that brings together cultural practitioners, people with disabilities, and disability advocates to share experiences and learn from each other to create a more inclusive community. Dedicated to increasing arts accessibility in the Saint Louis area and to facilitate a dynamic cooperative that strives to advance accessibility and inclusion across the Greater Saint Louis Area, these forums are free of charge and open to the public.

A light breakfast will be provided for attendees. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be available.

Beyond the Entrance

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Forum: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The AT&T Room at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

For more information and to register for this event please contact Rachel Melton at

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