Breaking Barriers

Program founded in 2017

One of Art Access' organizational goals is to make the broader cultural and arts landscape more accessible through education and advocacy. Breaking Barriers: Improving Cultural Accessibility grew out of an observed community need for improved access to arts and cultural organizations. It is our goal, through this educational training program, other organizations will be equipped with the tools and resources to begin to carry the torch. Our curriculum focuses on teaching partner organizations how to identify and address the lack of services for individuals with disabilities and providing other arts and cultural organizations with the tools, knowledge, and awareness to solicit community-wide action. In response, we believe that these organizations will see an increase in participation from all areas of our community, and will increase their overall capacity as an organization. 

Breaking Barriers is a three-part program set to take place over the next three years:

1) Phase One of the program will bring members of the disability community together to discuss barriers in the arts, and form an Accessibility Committee. 

2) Phase Two will focus on capacity building of major arts and cultural organizations. We will begin gathering the cultural community for training and discussions surrounding access. 

3) Phase Three will center around soliciting a commitment from partner organizations to take major strides towards being a more accessible and inclusive organization. We will be challenging organizations to renovate their spaces and restructure their programs and policies in so that they are accessible to everyone. 

Through Breaking Barriers we will bring together the arts and cultural community with that of the disability community to bridge the gap in services, gain community support, and identify solutions. 

Contact: To request information about trainings, see how you or your organization can be involved in Breaking Barriers, or to learn more about Art Access, please email 




Art Access is grateful to the following partners and funders for their generous support of this program: Dominion Energy, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Charitable Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, McCarthey Family Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, US Bancorp Foundation, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and Utah Humanities. 

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