Programming Update September 2021

Greetings to supporters and patrons of Art Access programs and events!

My name is Gabriella Huggins, and I accepted the Executive Director position for Art Access in mid-July of 2021. Born and raised in Salt Lake City (ancestral Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute territory), I have worked as a youth mentor and teaching artist for the better part of a decade. I am excited to focus my passion for community organizing and social equity work on moving Art Access into a new era of quality arts engagement in the state of Utah.

Art Access has been a meaningful part of the Utah cultural landscape for more than three decades, and in recent years has undergone a lot of exciting change. As Art Access moves into the new year under new leadership, we are refocusing our scope of work to serve members of our community with whom we’ve had the pleasure of partnering in the past. We are working hard to continue our legacy as a champion for accessibility in the art sector through education and advocacy and a source of inventive and responsive programming that centers people with disabilities and other communities historically barred from full participation in Utah’s art world. To these ends, we are continuing our impactful Breaking Barriers training series, in partnership with Utah’s Division of Arts and Museums, to help increase accessibility in Utah’s cultural institutions. Additionally, we are developing a curriculum for teaching artists and art teachers to provide valuable adaptive programming to children with disabilities around the state.

We are excited to announce a search for a Program Manager who will help us develop new opportunities to do the vital work of disability accessibility, emphasizing disability justice and professional development for emerging disabled, BIPOC, and queer artists. With your help, we are reimagining engagement, as a community, with topics of disability accessibility and justice. Please keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media feeds for opportunities to participate in Art Access webinars and workshops, join us at our Partners gallery exhibit in January 2022, and stay tuned for important updates about how you can get involved in improving Utah’s accessibility for the benefit of us all.

Best, and thank you for all you continue to do for Art Access and the disability justice movement,
Gabriella Huggins