About LEAD - What is LEAD?
In August of 2000, a small group of cultural arts administrators – all of whom were responsible for accessibility at their respective cultural arts organization – gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to discuss institutional cultural arts and disability issues. While the level of experience among participants ranged from more than 20 years in the field to less than six months on the job, everyone shared one common goal: the desire to create accessible cultural arts programs that are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults.
That initial group has now grown into a professional network focused on expanding the breadth and scope of accessibility services and programming across the country and around the world. The Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network:
- explores practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments;
- communicates information about arts and accessibility, and;
- shares resources and knowledge among professionals in the field of accessibility.
LEAD accomplishes its objectives through an annual conference, an active communications network, and resources generated by the LEAD network and maintained by the Kennedy Center.
- Accessible Arts Inc., represented by Martin English
- Arena Stage, represented by Jody Barasch
- ArtAbility, represented by Cindy Brown
- Arts For All, represented by Wendall Barnes
- Arvada Center, represented by Mickey McVey
- Center Stage represented by Michele Baylin and Mike Watson
- Cultural Access Consortium, represented by Judy Berk
- ELA Foundation, represented by Deborah Lewis
- Huntington Theatre, represented by Valerie Ching
- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, represented by Bret Burzio, Michele Listisard, and Betty Siegel
- The Kentucky Center for the Arts, represented by Deborah Pennell
- Kravis Center, represented by Meri McGuiness and Vanessa Young
- Orange County Performing Arts Center, represented by Larry Stotz
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, represented by Brian Kinsey
- Paper Mill Playhouse, represented by Michael Mooney
- Raleigh Little Theatre, represented by Sarah Corrin
- Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, represented by Bob Leyes
- Shakespeare Theatre, represented by Alicia Fansmith
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David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
NSO Young People's Concerts are made possible in part by the generous support of The Clark Charitable Foundation; the Kimsey Endowment; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; U.S. Department of Education; The Volgenau Foundation; and recent supporters of the NSO YPC crowdfunding campaign.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.