Accessibility Survey 2022-2023 

Date posted: December 8, 2022

Helping us to improve accessibility in the performing arts.

The Network for Arts and Culture Accessibility Initiatives invites community members, artists, organizations and audience members to contribute ideas and suggestions in a survey.

The survey asks questions about accessibility in the performing arts on the South Island in Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and the Victoria region.

The survey is intended for people who may experience barriers in accessing arts like theatre, music, and dance, including people from Deaf, disability, neurodivergent, and intersectional communities. You can speak from your personal experience, or you can speak about your perceptions of these issues as a community member.

The process for creating the survey involved brainstorming and conversations among 14 artists and community members with lived experience. People suggested having different versions of the survey so that questions are more relevant.

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For community members, audience members and organizations:

Please choose only one of these two survey options to fill in:

General survey

Or

Plain language quick survey

(Please do not fill in both of these; just pick one of the above versions to fill in.)

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For artists, arts workers and arts participants who experience barriers in the arts:

There is a different survey for artists, arts workers, and arts participants

(If you are an artist or arts worker you are invited to fill out both this survey as well as the general survey or just to pick one survey to fill in.)

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Access options for the survey:

If filling in the online survey is not accessible for you, contact Matilde by email (matilde.cervantes@belfry.bc.ca) or phone (250-385-6835 Extension 242).

Alternate ways to do the survey include: as a document (Word or RTF), by email, phone, Zoom, Video Relay Service, or mail.

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Network for Arts and Culture Accessibility Initiatives:

The Network for Arts and Culture Accessibility Initiatives (NACAI) is a group of organizations, theatres, artists, and people interested in making the arts more accessible in the Victoria region (Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories) and beyond. The survey project is supported by the Disability Alliance of British Columbia (DABC).

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The people involved in creating the survey:

The survey questions are based on brainstorms facilitated by Linda Bartram, Robin Gaudreau, Wendy Cox, and Joanne Cuffe; with ideas shared by Amy Amantea, Holly Cohen, Josette Horsman, Julia Denley, Kelby Mullin, Kevin Takahide Lee, Lea Collins, Luka Garvin, Nathan Moss, Olivera Popovic, Rory Keewatin, and Tariro Murwira; compiled in a summary by Matilde Cervantes; questions drafted by Joanne Cuffe, and edits by people involved in the process.

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Please help spread the word!

We hope to gather ideas and suggestions from people who experience barriers in the performing arts across numerous communities.

Please share this link with people who you think might be interested:

If you would like to receive updates or connect about the accessibility network, please click here or email matilde.cervantes@belfry.bc.ca