An audience faces a stage in a large convention hall. On a stage, a woman can be seen talking to the crowd with an ASL interpreter next to her. Two screens flank the stage with text. Two larger screens flank the stage with conference imagery.

Photo: Betty Siegel, Director of VSA & Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, delivering opening remarks at the 2019 LEAD Conference. Credit: Kimberly Steinle-Super.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ accessibility convenings and training opportunities support our commitment to greater accessibility in the arts and cultural sector of the mid-Atlantic region. Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts develops and manages professional development resources for the regional and local state arts agencies with travel reimbursement grants  and professional development webinars. 

Travel Reimbursement Grants
Travel Reimbursement Grants

Through travel reimbursement grants, accessibility coordinators of the region’s nine states and jurisdictions meet to review, discuss, and commit to best practices, policies, goals, and implementation of accessibility at the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference and the NASAA Assembly. These convenings include pre-conference sessions led by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility for state arts agency and regional arts organization accessibility coordinators from across the United States.  Financial support for conference attendance is only available for staff from state arts agencies in the mid-Atlantic region. If you are affiliated with a state arts agency in the mid-Atlantic region, please reach out to the designated accessibility coordinator on staff at your agency for additional information.  

Professional Development Webinars

Mid Atlantic Arts and Americans for the Arts are partnering to offer free webinar packages on arts and disability justice for local and state arts agencies in the mid-Atlantic region. Through robust dialogue around disability justice, artistry, and access, these webinars aim to strengthen accessibility practices, beyond compliance, that manifest in incremental and tangible outcomes to benefit the disability community.   Webinars are available to staff and board/council members from local and state arts agencies in the mid-Atlantic region.

Public Opportunities to Contribute 

To ensure a disability-centered approach, Mid Atlantic Arts and Americans for the Arts is establishing a Mid-Atlantic Accessibility Resource Committee (MAARC) of paid advisors to assist with the webinar development process. The MAARC will consist of artists, administrators, and other experts who will inform this programming by fostering connections with new speakers, proposing topic ideas based on their understanding of the needs of the field, sharing resources and stories from the field to highlight, and more. Individuals may express their interest in participating as a MAARC advisory member by submitting an online interest form. 


CLOSED – Interest forms are not currently being accepted for new MAARC advisory members. 


CLOSED – March 31, 2022 at 11:59PM ET. 

Stay in Touch! 

If you are interested in receiving updates from Mid Atlantic Arts, including notifications about future disability and access-related opportunities and initiatives, contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility Coordinator at or 410.539-6656×110.