Posted May 17, 2018
At the Center we strive to build community by bringing the arts directly to people throughout Northeast Wisconsin, and to treat everyone like are star. There initiatives happening in our building that are designed specifically to offer more people access to the arts by making them easier to enjoy.
From wheelchairs available upon request and accessible seating to power assisted doors, our T-coil hearing loop technology, American Sign Language and opening captioning for select performances and Braille or large print programs upon request, the Center strives to make the arts come alive for everyone.
“We try to offer as many options as possible so everyone in our community can enjoy the arts together. We empower our teams to do whatever necessary to make sure patrons are comfortable and able to enjoy the show,” said Steve Jahnke, manager of volunteer and audience services.
Staff members and volunteers at the Center have been trained to be dementia-aware and support patrons with memory loss through the Purple Angel Campaign.
In addition, the Center has been working to expand offerings of sensory-friendly performances. In 2016, that meant a Week of Autism Programming both in the community and through performances of Chicago Children's Theatre's Red Kite, Brown Box. Recently, Compagnia TPO’s Farfalle (Butterflies) offered a sensory-friendly version of the show both as part of the Bemis Company Education Series for students as well as for the general public.
“Sensory-friendly performances provide a welcoming environment for all abilities by reducing audience size, sound levels and making other adjustments that makes it easier for patrons to enjoy the arts,” said director of programming and community engagement Amy Gosz. “At the Center we provide exceptional arts experiences for everyone in our community, so to be able to remove a barrier that may keep someone from attending is important to us. We hope to continue to offer sensory-friendly experiences when they are available.”
In addition, Center provides a social story on its website to prepare patrons on the Autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities for what they may experience upon entering the building.
Patrons who would like to utilize accessibility services when attending a performance are encouraged to visit foxcitiespac.com or call the ticket office at (920) 730-3760 to speak with a ticket agent about their needs prior to their arrival.