WHAT IS IT?
In the 2015-2016 season, we partnered with Victory Gardens Theater’s Access Project and Alternatives, Inc. by launching Neo-Access, an ongoing initiative committed to make our work more physically, geographically, and culturally accessible. In the past year we’ve engaged with the following programs:
♦ Scholarships for Artists of Color [Next Cycle Begins in February]
◊ SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ARTISTS OF COLOR
We know that artists of color are under represented on our stage and throughout Chicago theater. In an effort to support a diversity of artistic voices, the Neo-Futurists offer scholarships for artists of color to take a class with us free of charge. The next application cycle opens in February.
◊ THE ACCESS PROJECT AT VICTORY GARDENS
The Access Project at Victory Gardens is “a nationally recognized model outreach effort designed to involve people with disabilities in all aspects of theater, both on and off the stage.” We’re proud to have been a part of it in 2016.
Find out more HERE.
◊ ALTERNATIVES PARTNERSHIP
Alternatives, Inc. is a community development agency in Uptown. This past year, we provided teaching artists for their Urban Arts program and they’ve started training our artists in restorative justice through positive creative expression & exchange.
Get involved HERE.
Soon after we began these projects, we realized that Neo-Access should extend beyond what was planned for 2015-2016. We’re still seeking opportunities to include a multiplicity of voices on our stage and share our work more broadly. If you are an individual with feedback on the goals and efficacy of Neo-Access or if you are an organization interested in partnering with Neo-Access, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neo-Access is supported in part by grants from Alphawood Foundation Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust.
[PHOTO CRED: Joe Mazza of Brave Lux Photography at Don Nash Community Center.]