Arts Access Chautauqua: Here I Am (25 years later)


Here I Am  (25 years later)

Friday-Saturday, September 25-26

Presented by VSA Minnesota at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts

516 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis

Learn from arts administrators, arts patrons and artists with disabilities how accessible the arts are today — 25 years after the ADA became law – and what we can all do to make performances, exhibits, organizations, venues and websites even more welcoming to a growing segment of our population.

Using the format of a Chautauqua (sha-tawk-wa), speakers, performers, visual artists and participants (arts staff, board member, administrator, grantwriter, volunteer, artist/person with a disability) will share ideas, questions and conversations that address ALL the issues, successes, challenges and possible solutions of making the arts accessible.

 HIGHLIGHTS: (details at

  • Possibly the most Minnesota artists with disabilities in one place since 1992.
  • 7 performing acts in Friday’s “Here I Am” 7:30 show;
  • Speakers and performers at 3 general sessions each morning and to close the Chautauqua.
  • 14 panel presentations;
  • 7 networking groups (advocates, administrators, musicians, storytellers, theatre/dance artists, visual artists, writers);
  • 4 New Technology breakouts (hearing loss, vision loss, mobility, computer/media);
  • 45 artists’ work in a “Here I Am” art show and sale



Attend one session, one day, both days or just the Friday 7:30 show.

The earlier you register, the more you save:

BOTH DAYS: $50 ($60 after Sept. 20, $70 at the event),

Full registration includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, refreshments, all sessions, art show, Friday eve show, post-show reception;

Friday or Saturday daytime only: $25 ($30 after 9/25, $35 on Sat.);

Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 PM show/reception only: $10 ($15 after 9/20);

Friday show for student/senior 60+: $5 in advance, $8 after 9/20 or at show);

Conference Only (2 days without Friday eve show): $45 ($55 after 9/20, $65 at event)

Session Only (Choose up to 2 sessions; NO food): $10

Accommodations (ASL interpreting, CART/captioning, audio description, large print, Braille);

A Personal Care Attendant may accompany a conference participant at no charge.

Hotel accommodations rate available one block away at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center (Say you’re with VSA Minnesota), 1-800-228-9290 or 612-349-4000.



Full program at:

Call: 612-332-3888, 800-801-3883, Fax 612-305-0132.

Email: Shelia Bland, Chautauqua coordinator,

Or Jon Skaalen, or Craig Dunn,

Mail: VSA Minnesota, 528 Hennepin Ave., #305, Minneapolis, MN 55403




This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.