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BREAKING BARRIERS, BUILDING COMMUNITY: THE ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS LAUNCHES ARTS ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL INITIATIVE

Fort Myers, FL – May 2, 2024 – The Alliance for the Arts proudly announces the expansion of its Arts Accessibility for All Initiative, spearheading transformative change in the arts community. The Alliance aims to raise $25,000 to implement various initiatives that break down barriers and foster a more inclusive artistic community.

The Arts Accessibility initiative aims to install push button ADA accessible automatic door openers at both entrances, ensuring seamless access for all visitors, including those with disabilities and artists alike.

The Alliance is further dedicated to broadening its array of complimentary Family Art Lab workshops as part of this initiative. These hands-on art experiences are free of cost to the community and focus on bringing the arts to underserved and diverse communities. The Alliance currently offers Art Labs every 3rd Saturday on the Alliance campus and also serves the Pine Manor Community Center, and Thrive in Cape Coral. The Alliance plans to extend its efforts to include new Art Labs at more offsite locations, aiming to engage over 14,400 community members this year.

The Alliance has made the commitment to fund every single scholarship request. Last year 26% of campers were on scholarship, making it the most accessible art camp in Lee County. There is a pressing need to fund scholarships for classes and camps, as these programs play a vital role in the educational and personal development of our community.

“By offering scholarships, we can break down barriers, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to explore new skills, enhance their knowledge, and build self-confidence.” said Executive Director Molly Deckart. She further emphasizes, “Funding these scholarships is not just an investment in individual futures but also a commitment to fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. It is imperative to provide these opportunities to ensure that all students have the chance to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to our community.”

Striving to be a leader in accessibility, the Alliance currently provides inclusive experiences for its patrons. From amplified audio and audio-described performances in the Foulds Theatre to tactile pre-show experiences for the visually impaired, and free art classes for those on the autism spectrum. The Alliance strives to ensure that everyone can fully engage with the arts.

As the 50th Anniversary of the Alliance For the Arts approaches, the Alliance invites you to join in continuing to shape the future of arts accessibility. Together, we can make a transformative difference in our community. For more information on how to get involved or contribute, please visit www.artinlee.org/engage/donate/ or email [email protected].

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 am- 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9:00 am-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at www.ArtInLee.org, or find us on Facebook, Meetup  and  Instagram.

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