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Accessibility

cfpa Center for Performing Arts cultivates a space
that is not just welcoming to all,
but designed for all.
The first floor of cfpa is fully ADA accessible. The ADA ramp is on the south (38th street) side of the building, accessed from the sidewalk on 38th, just a few feet west of the corner of 38th and Pleasant. The door at the top of the ramp is open during all regular building hours, from 8 am – 10 pm. All private studios on this main floor are ADA accessible, as is the Sunroom, our largest rehearsal/performance studio, at the north end of the building. The ADA accessible restroom is on your right, just before you enter the Sunroom.
While the vintage beauty of our 1923 building forms a core part of our community’s identity, we are always striving to wrangle architecture towards inclusion. Watch this space for upcoming dynamic improvements to the access and navigability of our building and our community: coming soon!
Please contact Accessibility Coordinator Jennie Ward with any questions, concerns, or ideas for how to make our space more inviting and inclusive. Read our complete Access Plan and Grievance Procedure below.

The cfpa Artists’ Development Fund is a tenant of cfpa and manages the Access Plan. Learn more about the cfpa ADF here.

Access Plan
The cfpa Artists’ Development Fund
Fiscal Year 2019

Approved by the cfpa ADF Board of Directors on April 29th 2019.

INTRODUCTION:

The cfpa Artists’ Development Fund (“cfpa ADF”) is a fund dedicated to supporting artists, mentors and audiences across communities, disciplines and experiences to workshop, rehearse, develop and present new work and new ways of working at the Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis.

The cfpa ADF embraces the spirit of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in our commitment to assuring that all members of our community can participate as fully as possible in our arts events, programs, meetings, facilities and communications.

COMMUNICATIONS ACCESSIBILITY:

Goal: All communications with board members, individual or organization members, non-members and the general public are to be accessible.

Current Status: Most communications with board members, individual or organization members, non-members and the general public currently involve in-person meetings, telephone, e-mail, print media, website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Policy: Upon request, our written information and publicity will be made available in alternative formats including email, large print, Braille, portable drives, Cloud files (Google Drive, Dropbox), etc. Our website and other electronic communication designs will optimize accessibility for people with vision disabilities.

Policy: cfpa ADF will arrange and pay a sign language interpreter for meetings between staff or board members and individuals who are Deaf.  Likewise, we will budget for and offer to have interpreters for all public presentations, workshops and programs. The organization reserves the right to have at least 1 week prior notification of interpreter need.

Policy: cfpa ADF will strive to provide notification of meetings, programs and other opportunities for our constituents at least two weeks prior to the announced activity.

Policy: cfpa ADF will pursue accessible communication with Deaf constituents with current technology (email, texting, 711 Minnesota Relay System, etc.).

Policy: The cfpa website www.cfpampls.com will be accessible to people who are blind or of low vision via text labels and accessible layout formatting.

Policy/Goal: To accommodate patrons or participants with mobility issues who arrive and depart via public transportation (such as Metro Mobility) or friends, we will endeavor to anticipate the length of meetings or shows and publicize to our office and website so that patrons can schedule pick-up times. The address is 3754 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, 55409. Accessible entrance is on 38th street (northwest corner of 38th and Pleasant. Curb ramps are available at all corners of 38th St and Pleasant Ave. The entrance to the ADA ramp is just a few feet from the northwest corner of 38th/Pleasant.) Accessible door is open to the public during regular business hours (8 am – 10 pm.)

Policy/Goal: Any materials generated by our office for Board of Directors or Committee meetings will be made available to attendees who are blind or of low vision in appropriate formats at least 48 hours prior to said meeting.

FACILITIES ACCESSIBILITY:

Goal: In arranging for meeting spaces or performance venues, cfpa ADF will assure that entrances, rooms, bathrooms, stage, dressing rooms and audience seating areas are physically accessible to persons with mobility impairments. If an event takes place off-site in a location that is less than fully accessible, the board and venue owner will make accommodations to assure that all people can enter and exit safely.

Current Status:

The cfpa ADF does not own any facilities, and is in permanent residence as a tenant at cfpa Center for Performing Arts. Most administrative, meeting, gathering, rehearsal, and performance events take place in wheelchair accessible spaces within cfpa Center for Performing Arts.

Building Location: The cfpa ADF is located at the cfpa Center for Performing Arts, which owns its home at 3754 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, 55409. 

Exterior Access: The main entrance to cfpa is currently on Pleasant Avenue, up a flight of 7 steps from sidewalk level. There is a full-corner curb ramp at all corners of 38th and Pleasant Avenue. Access to the ADA ramp at cfpa is a few feet from the curb ramp on the northwest corner of 38th and Pleasant. Currently, there are no Handicapped Designated parking spots on the cfpa property or on nearby streets. As of April 2019 cfpa is engaged in a process to explore a building addition that would including providing for at least one Handicapped Designated parking spot in close proximity to the new main entrance of cfpa, at sidewalk level.

Building Interior: The first floor of cfpa is fully ADA accessible. The ADA ramp is on the south (38th street) side of the building, accessed from the sidewalk on 38th, just a few feet west of the corner of 38th and Pleasant. The door at the top of the ramp is open during all regular building hours, from 8 am – 10 pm. All private studios on this main floor are ADA accessible, as is the Sunroom, our largest rehearsal/performance studio, at the north end of the building. The ADA accessible restroom is on your right, just before you enter the Sunroom.

Currently, the basement, second floor, and third floor of cfpa are not ADA accessible. (Second floor access from main entrance: 3 steps up to a landing, then 14 steps to the second floor. Second Floor Chapel rehearsal/performance studio is up a flight of 4 steps. Second Floor restroom is up 1 step. Third Floor is up four 8-step flights, with a landing in between each flight (from the main floor). Third Floor kitchen and bathroom are up one step each.) As of April 2019 cfpa is engaged in a process to explore a building addition that would bring all levels of the existing building into full ADA accessibility, including a new main entrance at sidewalk level.

Current Status: There are no land line telephones in our facility.

Policy: All programs, exhibits, workshops and presentations conducted, sponsored or co-sponsored by our organization must be held in spaces that are physically accessible to people with mobility disabilities.  This physical access pertains to parking, entrance areas, movement to and through the activity area, and restroom facilities.

Goal: The cfpa ADF will procure and install an interactive building directory that includes event calendar, tenant directory, wayfinding, is built with multi-language capabilities and includes adaptive technology for patrons with low or impaired vision. The cfpa ADF will also procure and install one or more wheelchair lifts to create full accessibility on the second floor of cfpa Center for Performing Art. Additionally, building wayfinding signage that accommodates low vision patrons will be installed throughout the building.

Policy/Goal: cfpa ADF office and spaces used by staff, volunteers and participants in workshops, presentations and other programs will remain free of scented products. These include but are not limited to colognes, perfumes, aftershave lotions, hair sprays, scented lotions and shampoos, and body washes. Publicity for such activities will note our policy.

EVENTS ACCESSIBILITY:

Current Status: We have seldom hosted persons who are deaf or blind at our meetings or events. We occasionally host persons with mobility issues or who are hard of hearing.

Goal: In order to accommodate people with hearing or vision loss at our meetings or shows, we plan to adopt a policy to request advance notice of one week in order to obtain the services of an American Sign Language interpreter, captioner or audio describer, or to make our printed materials (agenda, playbill, etc.) accessible. We will remind participants to speak clearly and to identify themselves when necessary so that all can hear, know who is speaking, and participate.

Goal: For performances, when we receive advance notice as described above, we will arrange for qualified ASL interpreter(s) and assure Deaf patrons that seating is available with good viewing of the stage and interpreters. Our policy will be to reserve seats in a suitable area for Deaf patrons and their companions. For patrons who are blind or of low vision, who provide advanced notice as described above, we will arrange to borrow audio description equipment from the Guthrie Theater for $25/year (612-225-6211 or accessibility@guthrietheater.org or alissam@guthrietheater.org; reservation form at http://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/access_services/additional_information/request_audio_description_kits). We will publicize the service(s) in our print/email/social media publicity, website and through VSA Minnesota’s Accessible Arts Calendar (612-332-3888, access@vsamn.org). If a pre-show or post-show discussion or reception is planned, we will enable patrons with hearing or vision loss to participate by requesting the interpreter or describer to be present. All events presented by the cfpa ADF are offered to all patrons on a Pay-What-You-Can-Donation basis.

OTHER PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY:

Goal: We will appoint one board member to serve as our “Accessibility Coordinator” to be the “go-to” person in knowing and addressing accessibility issues and to bring to the board possible updates and training opportunities for consideration each year.

Policy/Goal: In seeking a diversity of people, talents and abilities to participate in our organization, staff, board, volunteers, artists, etc., we will include people with disabilities among groups whom we wish to attract and serve.

Policy/Goal: We will use accessibility graphics (symbols for wheelchairs, ASL, Audio Description, etc. at https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/tools_resources/downloadable-disability-access-symbols) in publicity to make people aware of accommodations that are available. Deadlines will be indicated.

Policy: The general public as well as cfpa ADF employees, Board members and volunteers may, at any time, submit comments, complaints or grievances regarding the organization’s efforts to make its programs, events and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. These comments should be in writing, via audio recording or via e-mail.  All comments in this regard will be forwarded to the cfpa ADF Board of Directors for consideration. (SEE Grievance Policy at the end of this Access Plan.)

Policy/Goal: In paying any individual with a disability for work completed for cfpa ADF, we will work to ensure that such payments do not negatively affect the individual’s eligibility for any federal or state aid programs.

Policy/Goal: Visual art exhibits coordinated or sponsored by the organization will include signage that is a sans serif font at least 18-point, at an appropriate height for persons standing or in chairs to read. Any accompanying written materials such as a printed program will be made available in accessible formats such as large-print, electronic (email) or Braille.  Audio/video/disk will be produced upon request.

Policy/Goal: When alternative format access needs of an audience are unable to be determined prior to an event or presentation, cfpa ADF will have a few copies of all of the general informational materials available in at least two formats.

Policy/Goal: When the alternative format access needs of an audience are known prior to a given event or presentation, cfpa ADF will provide all print materials in the requested format and at the same time as the dispersal of regular print materials.  No cfpa ADF-produced materials will be made available in regular format if it is not also available in requested alternative formats. Any materials that need to be accessed during the course of the event or presentation will be made accessible in formats that are “immediately usable” either through prior mailing of materials, email, or verbal interaction and personal assistance.

Policy/Goal: cfpa ADF will strongly encourage organizations who partner with us in presentations or events to follow the policies above and make every effort to ensure compliance with these policies.  If cfpa ADF is the contractor for individuals or groups who distribute print materials as part of their contracted agreement, a provision of that contract will include availability of those print materials in alternative formats; full payment of the contract will be predicated on the successful meeting of this provision.  Repeated non-compliance with these policies will be grounds for dissolving future collaborations.

Policy/Goal: cfpa ADF medical/dental insurance benefits are not currently offered. If in the future, they are offered, they will not adversely affect individuals with disabilities.  While medical savings plans may be financially beneficial to the organization and many individuals, people with disabilities may often be at a disadvantage due to greater medical needs and higher potential costs.  When healthy people leave the larger medical insurance pool via personal medical savings plans, it may have a negative effect on those remaining in the pool – including people with disabilities. Thus, cfpa ADF will seek a medical/dental insurance system that does not discriminate.

Policy/Goal: When cfpa ADF is one of many collaborators/funders/sponsors at an event/performance/presentation, even when it is not the main (or largest) of the collaborators, the organization will work to ensure that goals listed in these Access Policy Statements are achieved.  The organization will work diligently to implement its policies and use these opportunities to educate and advocate for improved access in future collaborations.

Policy/Goal: Public transportation access to our facility includes:

Metro Transit Buses:

#23 stops at the corner of 38th and Pleasant, the location of cfpa

#18, #35, #113 stop at the corner of Grand and 38th, 1 block from cfpa

38th Street Blue Line Light Rail Station is 2.7 miles from cfpa, and served by bus #23

Nice Ride Station: 37th/Nicollet, .4 miles

Hour Car Hub: 38th/Nicollet, .3 miles

Parking:

Free street parking is available on 38th street and on Pleasant Avenue and in the neighborhood surrounding cfpa.

From 6-10 pm weeknights, and all day weekends and holidays, free parking is available at

Lake Country Montessori School, across Pleasant Avenue from cfpa

Hiawatha College Prep Charter school, across 38th street from cfpa

There are currently no Handicapped Dedicated spots on the street near the cfpa entrance.

Policy/Goal: cfpa ADF will monitor current technological hardware & software to allow future or current volunteers and employees with disabilities to work in the office.  Staff and volunteers will continue to explore options such as larger computer monitor, voicing software, keyboard adaptations, and other computer hardware or software for purchase or donation.

Policy: An Evacuation Policy & Procedures policy in event of Fire or other Emergency created is available in the cfpa Center for Performing Arts office. It will be reviewed with staff and volunteer coordinators each year.

Policy: cfpa ADF has adopted and will follow the attached organizational grievance policy & procedure.

This updated report is presented to the Board of Directors on April 29th, 2019.

 

-Jennie Ward, Board Member of cfpa ADF
Managing Director, cfpa Center for Performing Arts
Accessibility Coordinator for cfpa Center for Performing Arts

504/ADA Grievance Procedure for cfpa ADF

The cfpa ADF makes every effort to make its programs accessible to artists, arts organizations, community groups and other constituents. To ensure these programs remain accessible, we set forth this grievance policy and procedures for individuals to file complaints about aspects of our programs or services which they deem inaccessible.

  1.  Grievances about the accessibility of programs or services must be filed with the agency Accessibility Coordinator no later than 20 days from the date the grievor attempted to access the program or service.
  2.  Grievances will be communicated to the Accessibility Coordinator in written or verbal form, or in a means of communication most appropriate to the person filing the grievance. The individual or organization filing a grievance will bear any costs necessary to prepare and present the grievance to the Accessibility Coordinator.
  3.  A grievance will include the following:
  4.  Your full name, address, and telephone number, and the name of the person alleging discrimination, if different;
  5.  The specific program or service involved in the complaint;
  6.  Date of the incident;
  7.  A description of the specific complaint about the accessibility of the program or service;
  8.  Other information that you believe necessary to support your complaint.  Do not send original documents or materials. Please send copies and retain originals.
  9.  The Accessibility Coordinator will conduct an investigation of the grievance and will respond within 20 days from the date of the grievance in a form of communication most appropriate to the grievor (e.g., Braille, large print, email, etc.).  This will be done at the organization’s expense.

If additional action is needed, the Accessibility Coordinator will seek the expertise of other related entities for advice and direction including the Minnesota State Council on Disabilities and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

  1.  The decision of the Accessibility Coordinator may be appealed to the Board of Directors by presenting the above materials, the Accessibility Coordinator’s decision, and your reason for appealing the decision within 20 days from the date of the Accessibility Coordinator’s decision.

The appeal will be presented to the Board at its next regularly scheduled Board meeting. The decision of the Board will be set forth by the Board Chair 10 days after the Board meeting and will be the final step in this grievance policy.  Such appeal would be sent to the Chairman of the Board with a copy sent to the Accessibility Coordinator.

  1.  In all complaint cases, cfpa ADF will look for good faith compliance with ADA/504 regulations and gestures of reasonable accommodations toward individuals with disabilities.  If cfpa ADF is unable to resolve the complaint, the Board Chair will refer the complaint to the appropriate state or federal agency.
  2.  The general public as well as cfpa ADF employees, Board members and volunteers may, at any time, submit comments, complaints or grievances regarding the organization’s efforts to make its programs, events, and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. These comments should be in writing, via e-mail or an acceptable alternative format.  All comments in this regard will be forwarded to the cfpa ADF Board of Directors for consideration.