Breaking Barriers: A Cultural Accessibility Project is a partnership between Art Access and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to provide disability accessibility training and mentorship to our state’s cultural institutions. Funded in part by the Katherine W. & Ezekiel R. Dumke Foundation, Breaking Barriers will consist of four training workshops for up to 24 cultural organizations along the Wasatch Front. Workshop content will focus on accessibility needs for people with the following disabilities:

  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/Deaf-Blind
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Physical and Mobility
  • Neurodiverse and Sensory
  • Developmental
  • Learning

Organizational participants in the Breaking Barriers project will receive 12 hours of instruction in addition to on-site consultation provided by Art Access staff. Through this work, participants will develop accessibility plans that address how to make their physical sites and organizations more accessible to the disability community.

This training will provide introductory knowledge of best practices in accessibility. Think “accessibility 101”.

All in-person training will take place at the Utah State Archives Building, 346 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Following this initiative, our plan is to expand this work statewide. If you are off of the Wasatch Front and would like to participate in the future please click here and share your information with us. 

Three cohorts of organizations will run tentatively as follows:

    Cohort 1*
    First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    • February 5, 2020
    • March 4, 2020
    • April 1, 2020

    *This is a pilot cohort and will require participants to provide substantive feedback on curriculum content.

    Cohort 2 – New Dates* 
    First Thursday of each month, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    • October 1, 2020
    • November 5, 2020
    • December 3, 2020

    * These are new dates based on changes due to COVID-19

    Cohort 3 – Date TBD

    Because of changes due to COVID-19 we will be reassessing dates for the 3rd Breaking Barriers cohort.

    Thank you for your understanding.


    Jason Bowcutt

    Jennifer Ortiz