Accessibility

Welcome to VisArts.  

We are committed to supporting the creative life of everyone in the community by making our galleries, educational programs, and community activities accessible and inclusive for all.  

The following is information about accommodations available for classes, gallery tours, and events for our students, artists, and community members.  

Barrier Free – Accessibility

The VisArts facility, including all galleries, studios, classrooms, restrooms, and entrances, is entirely wheelchair accessible and barrier-free. The main entrance on Gibbs Street features power-assist doors.  Elevators provide access to the second floor (galleries, artist studios and event rental space) and the third floor (education and classrooms). These spaces may have lightweight manual doors that are open during business hours.   

Modified seating can be provided in our galleries and classrooms. Folding chairs are available free of charge for use in the galleries and can be requested from any VisArts staff member. Motorized wheelchairs are welcome throughout the facility.  

Restrooms, all of which are wheelchair accessible with power-assist doors, are located on the second and third floors of VisArts.  

The elevators located through the main entrance doors are large, allowing for companions and/or service animals to accompany individuals to the 2nd and 3rd floor galleries, artist studios, event space, classrooms, and administrative office.  

Service Animals  

VisArts follows the Federal government’s guidelines on service animals and welcomes those animals that are individually trained to perform a task or work for a person with a disability.  

American Sign Language  

American Sign Language interpretation for classes, workshops, and gallery tours can be arranged by contacting VisArts. Two weeks advance notice is required.  

Accessible Art Classes  

Individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome to more deeply discover their talents and express their ideas through many learning opportunities at VisArts. Our Accessible Arts classes provide instruction to students across a wide range of physical, emotional, and intellectual abilities. The curriculum is developed with these diverse abilities in mind and instructors provide support as needed with additional assistance and attention to sensory sensitivities.  

Accommodation in Art Classes & Workshops  

VisArts’ instructors recognize that there are many ways to learn and work closely with individuals to explore a variety of teaching strategies that best support the abilities of neurodiverse students. 

Accommodations can be made for classes and workshops by contacting us  HERE  about the type of accommodation desired. For example, requesting wheelchair friendly set up for a potter’s wheel or adjusted easel height in a painting class.