Realwheels, in partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is addressing the limited number of theatre venues that are truly and fully accessible for artists, backstage workers, and patrons with disabilities.
During Phase 1 of our Cultural Infrastructure Project (2016 – 2017), we partnered with Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to conduct a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked: What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues? We created an accessibility audit checklist, and our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.
We invite you to read the final report, which encapsulates our findings and includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.
More importantly, we invite you to use it, share it and support our efforts to reduce barriers to cultural accessibility.
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We are currently in Phase 2 of this Cultural Infrastructure Project. Working with DA Architects + Planners and DWD Theatre Design and Consulting, we are conducting an Accessibility Audit of three existing theatres in the City of Vancouver. A detailed architectural solution will then be designed for one theatre site, which will support next-stage planning of actual accessibility enhancements.
This project has been and continues to be a community effort. If you have any feedback, questions, or input with regard to increasing accessibility of Vancouver’s theatre venues, please contact us!
Tel: 604-322-7325 [R.E.A.L.]
We gratefully acknowledge the funding support of: