Arts Access Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990: ADA is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a person's disability and all Commission grantees are subject to compliance. Visit the Commission's Acessibility page for guidlines to facility and program accessibility, resources and publications or contact the Commission's Arts Access program director, who also serves as the agency's accessibility coordinator, for more information on ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a person's race, color, or national origin. All Commission grantees are subject to compliance with this and other applicable federal laws. Contact the Commission's Arts Access program director, who also serves as the agency's Title VI coordinator for more information or for free Title VI posters and brochures.

Artists of Color and Artists with Disabilities: The Commission's Arts Access program director maintains lists of Tennessee artists of color and artist with disabilities. If you are searching for artist in a specfic discipline or if you are an artist who would like to be added to the list(s), contact the Arts Access program director.

Webinar PowerPoint Presentations
Informational presentations for download

Arts Expedition: A Guide to Development Opportunities for Visual and Performing Artists with Disabilities
Funded by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, a series of webinars from VSA Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission focus on career development opportunities for artists. Each webinar includes inspiring stories from artists with disabilities, practical suggestions on career development, and descriptions of a wide variety of resources. Participants who complete the brief questionnaire at the end of each webinar will receive a certificate of completion.
Arts Expedition 1 - Introduction and Overview
Arts Expedition 2 - Exploring Career Possibilities
Arts Expedition 3 - Experience and Education
Arts Expedition 4 - Looking for Work
Arts Expedition 5 - Advocacy

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC)
An organization devoted to the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Visit this site for a variety of services, resources, and opportunities for artists with disabilities.

The Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission provides free copies of Design for Accessibilty: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook for its grantees or any non profit organizations with a desire to provide accessible facilities and programs for people with disabilities. For your free copy, contact the Arts Access program director or call 615-532-9797 or Tennessee Relay Center 1-800-848-0298 (TTY) or 1-800-848-0299 (Voice).

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
The Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a statewide directory of disability services and supports for any disability at any age. The Tennessee Disability Pathfinder publishes the Tennessee Disability Services & Support Directory, a statewide directory in three regional volumes (East, Middle and West Tennessee). The Pathfinder maintains the Pathfinder Disability Calendar, an interactive calendar of training and other disabilty-related events. Organizations post events to this calendar, the most comprehensive web listing of Tennessee disabilty events.

Fisk Jubilee Singer Teacher's Guide