H’art Centre is pleased to announce it a recipient of the City of Kingston 2018 Celebrating Accessibility Award in the category of Education for our MixAbilities Artist/Educator Training program. H’art was awarded this honour yesterday at a ceremony held in Memorial Hall at City Hall.
MixAbilities is a six-module training program designed to enhance access to the arts by ensuring artists and educators are trained to effectively and empathetically support participants who are Deaf or living with disabilities. H’art plans to complete the testing phases of the program by Spring/Summer 2019, with an aim to be widely available to artists and educators in the city by Fall 2019.
This annual award was created in 2011 to recognize a person, group or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston. This year the award was presented in 8 categories: Built Environment, Customer Service, Education, Employment, Recreation, Volunteer, Youth and Other. The Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee selected this year’s award winners from nominations.
H’art Centre was last awarded a City of Kingston accessibility award in 2012 for “The Box,” our accessible, mixed-ability performing arts studio and presentation space.
For more information on the Celebrating Accessibility Awards and to learn more about the other award winners, please read the City’s press release.