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From Access To Inclusion 2020, An Arts and Culture Summit

Dublin, Ireland

22–25 March 2021

Arts & Disability Ireland, in consultation with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility, has been closely monitoring the developing global situation with regards to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

In light of recent developments and growing concerns and reluctance to travel internationally and in the interest of maximising participation, international collaboration and learning in the field of arts and cultural access, we have regrettably decided to postpone From Access to Inclusion to 22nd – 25th March 2021.

We will aim to ensure that the published programme of 34 presenters from 13 countries of Keynotes, panels, case studies and workshops will go ahead as planned, subject to presenters availability.

Arts & Disability Ireland will be communicating directly with delegates offering them the option to re-book at no additional cost or cancel with a full refund. The team at Clayton Hotels and Maldron Hotels & Partners have advised that any delegates who have booked their own accommodation directly with hotel have options available to them.

From Access to Inclusion gathers the most thought provoking leaders and advocates in access and inclusion in arts and culture from across the globe. This dynamic international Summit is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences.

The Summit includes three event strands; two days of Workshops taking place in a range of cultural organisations, a two day Symposium taking place in The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre, Dublin Castle and a programme of Evening Events showcasing access in action across cultural venues in Dublin city centre.

Events will be essential for professionals at all levels in the arts, cultural and tourism sectors such as those working in: venues, festivals, galleries, museums, heritage sites and visitor experiences. In addition to those who deliver, programme or present accessible and inclusive experiences, From Access to Inclusion is relevant for policy makers, funders and administrators who are committed to embedding a more holistic approach to accessible arts and cultural programming at a local, regional, national and international level.

The Summit is not intended to address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education. For artist resources, find out more here.

There are many reasons to attend From Access and Inclusion, but here’s a quick taste of what to expect:

  • Professional Growth: Our international Summit focuses on providing accessible programming in arts and culture, we provide an intimate, rich atmosphere to build skills and practical knowledge for arts professionals of all experience levels.
  • Making Connections: With a range of networking opportunities during the Workshops, Symposium and at Evening Events, come meet and mingle with colleagues.
  • Skills Sharing: Connect and learn from the collective brain trust of arts managers from museums, theaters, parks, zoos, and other cultural venues from around the world.
  • Peer to Peer: We have engaged leading thinkers in accessibility to share their knowledge and experience.
  • Make it Happen: You’ll leave with ideas and practices that can be implemented in your organisation right away.
  • Something for Everyone: We have sessions and workshops for beginners and the more experienced. It doesn’t matter what your background or experience level is – we have sessions for you.
  • Access in Action: The Summit provides an opportunity to learn about and experience accessibility services and programmes. Through our Workshops and at Evening Events with access services, you can see access in action!


Come and join us!



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Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to collaborate with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility, Washington, D.C. to deliver this inaugural European Summit. From Access to Inclusion 2020 is modeled on The Kennedy Center’s conference, Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®), the largest annual convening of access professionals and advocates in North America.

Arts & Disability Ireland would like to thank The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility for their support and guidance throughout the development and delivery of this ambitious four day event.

Arts & Disability Ireland would also like to thank Clayton Hotels and Maldron Hotels & Partners for coming on board as accommodation partners.

Arts & Disability Ireland is Ireland’s national development and resource organisation for arts and disability.

We promote engagement with the arts at all levels – as professional artists, audience members and arts workers – for people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. We work towards arts programmes and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for all audiences. We advocate for inclusive policy and practice which provides real access to all aspects of the arts for people with disabilities, and for everyone.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility, based in Washington D.C., was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts.