2017 Cultural Participation Study
We Need to Turn Accessibility into an Art
Arts and Cultural Event Participation Among People with Disabilities in New Jersey—An Update
The New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), through its Cultural Access Network Project, set out to understand and evaluate arts and cultural participation among people with disabilities (PWD) as well as older adults in New Jersey. This report is a complement to its work in 2006, when NJTA undertook to understand and evaluate arts and cultural event participation among people with disabilities. The results of this study (as with the 2006 report) will be used to provide information and recommendations to the state’s cultural community, to improve—and hopefully increase—the participation and engagement of older adults and people with disabilities in the arts in New Jersey.
The study will provide input to strategic program planning, education, resource, and marketing of NJTA’s Cultural Access Network and the state’s cultural field, to improve the participation of patrons with disabilities in arts and cultural events in New Jersey, to assist the field in its delivery of services to disabled patrons, to identify potential partnerships and opportunities for mitigation to barriers to access, and to explore policy recommendations to improve access to the arts for people with disabilities and older adults.
Ultimately, NJTA’s goal is that this work increases cultural participation for the disabled community in New Jersey and results in better access to the arts and culture in New Jersey for all. When we talk about arts and culture, we are looking broadly—at cultural activity from historic houses, music, theatre, dance, museums, galleries, festivals, gardens, and zoos.
Links to the study can be found below.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the Kessler Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts .