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Vermont Studio Center Assistive Technology Improvements Project

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 91 K
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Abstract
Project Title: Vermont Studio Center Assistive Technology Improvements Project
Project Description: Vermont Studio Center will make adaptive improvements to Pearl House, a residential building, and Church Studios, an artist and writers studio building, so that artists and writers with SCI may participate fully and independently in all aspects of our artist residency program. Artists residencies are essential to the careers of working artists and writers, giving them the uninterrupted time and space to create, interact with peers, show and discuss their work and creative accomplishments, and gain mentorship and professional connections. However, many talented artists and writers with SCI have limited access to residency experiences. Vermont Studio Center's remote location, older buildings that lack accessible bathrooms, kitchens, doors, entryways, and air conditioning, and unpredictable climate have made full inclusiveness and independence on our campus a challenge. The lack of accessible features that prohibit artists and writers with SCI from navigating our campus independently also limits the number of SCI artists and writers we can accept in any given month. Our proposed improvements in campus accessibility and functionality will make the artist residency experience available to more artists and writers with SCI, enabling them to fully engage in our creative community. By increasing the functionality of our campus, we will empower artists and writers with SCI to realize their full potential as creative professionals.
Expected Outcomes: 1. Pearl House will be fully functional for six SCI residents by October 2020. Outcomes include: five bathrooms fitted with ADA compliant tubs, showers, toilets and grab bars, lavatories and faucets; 14 ADA-compliant room doors and hardware installed; fixtures for three ADA-compliant kitchenettes installed; air conditioners installed in accessible bedrooms; ADA-compliant entryway and handrails installed. 2. Church Studios will be fitted with air conditioning equipment that will make it safe for use for all SCI residents by June 2020. Outcomes include: air conditioners and heat-resistant blinds installed in 12 studios. 3. Adaptable artist equipment will be added to Church and our campus that will enhance the experience of SCI artists and writers by January 2020. Adaptable equipment includes convertible tables, easels and picnic tables added to studios and surrounding campus. Our proposed improvements will enable artists and writers with SCI to function more independently on our campus and be full participants in our residential artist community. We will also have greater capacity to invite more artists and writers with SCI to VSC, which will enhance their creative processes, open doors to professional opportunities, give greater exposure and voice to their work, and increase awareness and visibility of people with SCI working as creative professionals. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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