Welcome to the Resource Page of Think Outside the Vox. Here, we provide a wealth of resources and information to support accessibility in the arts. Explore our guides, tools, and links to external resources to enhance your understanding and implementation of accessible practices.

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This guide is a brief introduction to how to utilize alternative text online, in emails, and in social media, to ensure that your media is accessible for visually impaired users.

Arts Boston has a calendar of upcoming accessible performances.

Details on the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s initiatives and resources.

  • Access Policy Guide: A comprehensive guide to available Arts Access Services, Definitions and Resources
  • Universal Participation Initiative: The MCC’s UP Inclusive Design Initiative seeks to inspire organizations to use design to anticipate and accommodate the full spectrum of human ability.

Comprehensive resources for audio description in media and live performances.

Additional resources and initiatives for accessibility in the arts.

  • Open Door Arts:  The “Towards a Culture of Access” Report, with findings from the Massachusetts Arts & Culture Access Survey conducted by Open Door Arts in 2021-2022 is now available! The report reveals valuable information to better understand where the arts & culture sector in Massachusetts is regarding access work, and shares information about what’s getting in the way, and what may help it move forward.
  • VSA Minnesota:  Practical information for administrators, artists including those with disabilities, and audiences who have questions about creating and/or attending the arts.
  • Cultural Access New England (CANE): CANE was founded to advance access to cultural facilities in New England for people with disabilities of all types. CANE defines accessibility broadly, to include programmatic, architectural, physical, communication, attitudinal and other forms of access. CANE takes as a basic tenet that increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility for everyone.
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Theater Community Benevolent Fund Website: Provides financial relief and assistance to individual theater practitioners in MA with dignity discretion and compassion.