Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability
2014 Conference and Training - Chicago, IL
August 3 - 6, 2014
Join us for LEAD® 2014
The LEAD® conference continues to be the one place where leaders and newcomers in the field of access to the cultural arts for individuals with disabilities and older adults can meet and mingle with peers, learn about the latest technological advances, get the straight talk on legal issues, and contribute to the collective knowledge base of what does and doesn’t work for building and engaging audiences, patrons, and visitors of all ages and abilities.
- Basic to Advanced: No matter what level of experience you have, there’s always something to learn. The building blocks will give newcomers the tools and information they need to develop a successful accessibility program while the discussion groups and advanced track address accessibility for the most experienced.
- Facilities to Programs: Sessions and discussions will cover all aspects of accessibility from the built environment to programs and communication.
- Legal Obligations & Customer Service: Learn about relevant laws and regulations and explore accessibility from the customer service and business case perspectives.
- Networking: Engage in conversations with colleagues who are enthusiastic about accessibility and eager to share their insights and learn from others.
Please join us in Chicago to continue the dynamic dialogue to share exciting ideas and explore new and innovative ways to welcome everyone through the doors of our organizations.
Not sure if LEAD® is a good fit? Check out last year’s schedule for a sampling of sessions and workshops.top
Call for Proposals
The LEAD® program is seeking high quality proposals to address one or more of the following topics relevant to the mission and purpose of the LEAD® program:
- Accessibility Policies
- Universal Design and its application in the cultural arts and/or natural history settings
- Innovative Practices and Programs
- Social Media, Digital and New Technologies
- Research examining any aspect of accessibility in the cultural arts and/or natural history settings
- Program Evaluation
- Accessibility and Historic Properties
- Marketing, Outreach, and Community Engagement
- Accessibility Services for Patrons and Visitors
- Getting Started and Cultivating Institutional Buy-In
- Renovation and Retrofit
- Customer Service and Staff Training
LEAD® serves arts administrators who are working to make their programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities of all ages. The conference addresses accessibility policies, procedures, and practices through the lens of customer service, often going above the minimums required by law. Attendees are looking for practical information to apply to their own settings and circumstances as well as the opportunity for discussion and engagement with colleagues in the field.
LEAD® conference sessions are between 75 and 90 minutes in length. Pre-conference workshops are between 4 and 8 hours in length. Experiential or hands-on learning opportunities are preferred. Please note: If your proposal is a case study, we will be looking for discussions of wider principles or applications using the case study as an example.
Presenters should be prepared to cover their own travel and hotel expenses, meals, and applicable conference fees.
The LEAD® conference does not address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education. For resources for artists, please visit the VSA Programs page. For information on arts in education, please visit the Intersections Conference page.
For More Information and to Submit a Proposal
Sessions will be selected by and at the sole discretion of the LEAD® content committee under the supervision of the Kennedy Center. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 5, 2014.
For more information or to discuss your proposal, please contact the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Program at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or firstname.lastname@example.org
About our Partners
Illinois Arts Council Agency
The Illinois Arts Council Agency serves the people of of Illinois through grants and services that support Illinois' arts sector, advance arts education and foster creativity and working artists. For more information, please visit www.arts.illinois.gov.
Arts Alliance Illinois
Arts Alliance Illinois is the state's leading voice for the arts and arts education, uniquely combining advocacy, research, and collaboration to advance a creative and culturally vibrant state. For more information, visit www.artsalliance.org.
Chicago Children's Museum
The mission of Chicago Children's Museum is to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM is the only cultural institution in the city dedicated to young children and the important adults in their lives. Playful experiences, including more than 15 interactive exhibits, tap into how kids learn, and engage them at an early age so they develop a lifelong love of learning. For more information, visit www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
As a leading regional theater Steppenwolf Theatre Company contributes to Chicago's status as a vibrant place to live, work and visit and is a proud cultural ambassador for this global city. Recognizing its responsibility to the Chicago community, Steppenwolf is committed to ensuring access to broad and diverse audiences, including those with hearing, visual and mobility disabilities. For more information, visit www.steppenwolf.org.
Who Attends LEAD®?
Whether your organization is big or small, your programming is indoors or outside, or if you come from a performing arts center, art gallery, zoo, museum, theater, or park, the networking and information offered at LEAD® can help you improve accessibility for all of your patrons and visitors.
LEAD® provides professional development for:
- Accessibility Managers and Coordinators
- Box Office and House Managers
- Outreach and Education Coordinators
- Patrons and Visitor Services Managers
- Facilities and Operations Managers
- Exhibition Designers
- State and Local Government ADA/504 Coordinators
- Marketing and Audience Development Directors
- State Arts Commission/Council Accessibility Coordinators
Registration Eligibility and Rates
Not all registrations will be accepted. Space is limited and preference will be given to paid staff at cultural arts organizations or cultural arts service or government agencies who are directly responsible for making programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. The Kennedy Center reserves the right to decline registrations. In the event that registration is declined, the Center will issue a refund for any fees collected.
Team Registration Discounts:
If your organization sends more than one person to the full conference, the registration rate drops to $200 per person! Please Note: The team registration rate is only available to staff members of arts or cultural organizations; arts or cultural service agencies; university or college arts or arts administration program staff; and federal, state or local government employees.
Conference: August 4 - 6
Includes access to sessions Monday, August 4 at 1 p.m. through Wednesday, August 6; breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday; and one ticket to the LEAD® Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 6.
- Arts/Cultural Organization Staff: $220 per individual or $200 per team member
- Federal/State/Local Government Staff: $220 per individual or $200 per team member
- College/University Arts or Arts Administration Staff: $220 per individual or $200 per team member
- Arts Service Agency Staff: $220 per individual or $200 per team member
- Non-Profit Disability Service Organization Staff: $550
- For-Profit Disability or Arts Service Organization Staff and Consultants: $750
Sets of four workshops will be offered concurrently from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 3 and 8 a.m. to Noon on Monday, August 4. Dates and times are subject to change
- $90 per person per workshop
TTY (202) 416-8728
Voice (202) 416-8727