Technical Assistance & Training
Each year, the CANP offers educational workshops and sensitivity training sessions for the state's cultural community.
Presented by the Cultural Access Network Project, a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
These monthly roundtables are a way for organizations to network, share knowledge and brainstorm on a wide range of topics to make our organizations and venues more accessible. Representatives from each field will be on hand to jump-start the conversation and share their successes and challenges in their approaches to accessibility.
These workshops, provide training and technical information to assist in the creation of a strong long-range ADA plan. Topics include architectural assessment, the development of programs and services that provide inclusion of people with disabilities, development of accessible marketing publications, staff and board sensitivity training, an overview of ADA law, and information on how to use our online form for the creation and submission of your ADA Plan.
These sessions often include a panel of individuals with disabilities who provide guidance on how your organization can effectively communicate, offer assistance and provide a truly welcoming experience for all individuals attending your venue and participating in your activities. All staff members and volunteers are encouraged to attend, especially those that interact directly with the public (ushers, box office, concession personnel, docents, etc).
Each Spring, CANP hosts a series of workshops followed by an awards luncheon recognizing organizations and individuals who are providing role model programs and services for people with disabilities. Two New Jersey-based arts or cultural organizations receive the Innovator Award. The Innovator Award is presented to a New Jersey non-profit cultural organization that has been innovative and creative in a specific area of arts/patron access. After a panel review, awards will be given at the annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards. Winners enjoy statewide recognition plus a $500 grant to help your organization or an organization of their choice in the advancement of cultural access. The day also includes a keynote address and workshops.
The 2020 Awards were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are eager to celebrate in 2021! Learn more about the 2019 awards.