Art/Access Lab: Welcome Salon at Experimental Station

Art/Access Lab: Welcome Salon at Experimental Station

This salon-style gathering invites attendees to share and discuss artwork, short performances/readings, clips, scenes, and anything else they might be working on. Sharing a project is optional. For those who wish to share, projects in any medium are welcome: time-based work (video, dance, song, spoken word, etc) should be limited to five minutes and any fine art should not require installation.

The event will begin with a short welcome and introduction to the Art/Access Lab series presented by HCL and UDF. The rest of the event will consist of short showings interspersed with time to mingle with fellow artists with disabilities.

Virtual attendees will have the option of attending the showings and discussions in the main zoom space or breaking off into smaller groups through break out rooms.

The event is intended to be relaxed, with attendees invited to come, go, and participate in whatever way feels best for them. The event will wrap with a short announcement of upcoming Arts/Access Labs and information about how to participate in future gatherings, including paid opportunities to show works-in-progress.

We encourage those who would like to share to sign up through the registration form. When possible, we will also accommodate day-of sign ups.

A few more logistics about sharing projects:

Digital files can be submitted in advance to or brought to the event on a USB drive.

A projector, mixing board, microphone, and speakers will be available for use.

Small items (visual art, crafts, etc.) may be passed around among attendees.

Other visual art may be free standing or leaned against a wall.

Text-based work may be read aloud by the artist, or another attendee.

HCL and UDF staff are happy to provide additional support as needed.

Who Should Attend
Art/Access Labs are centered around artists with a lived experience of disability including Deaf, disabled, sick, neurodivergent, and Mad artists, and those working through their relationship to these categories, working in all mediums, with anyone who is invested in fostering a vibrant creative ecosystem inclusive of artists with disabilities.

Advanced registration is appreciated but not required.

Keep it Going at the Russ Tutterow Theatre

In partnership with former Technical Director Glenn B. Rust’s Graduate Thesis Project, Keep it Going presents an afternoon of new works that you can watch in the theatre or from the comfort of your own home!

Beginning the afternoon we will have Interrobang by Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski followed by the final performance of Access Fellow Deb Stein’s HAND, Foot, HAND. Following the performances there will be a thirty-minute talkback and an afterparty!

Keep it Going is designed to highlight technologies and practices that allow for more accessible theatre.

-You can join us at the Russ Tutterow Theatre to see the performances in person or virtually at
-Live captions will be provided for both in-person and virtual audiences.
-Additional seating will be available both in the house and on the stage including wheelchair accessible seating.
-The event will be a relaxed performance. House lights will remain at half. Audience members are welcome to exit and reenter the space at any point for any reason. We will asked phones be silenced, but texting is allowed. Audience reaction is also encouraged. If something stirs a response out of you, or if you need to ask a question of the folks you’ve come with, feel free!
-Scent & Allergen Free Space
-Masking Recommended

The in-person performance is Pay What You Will with all payments made going to support the Access Fellowship. The Chicago Dramatists Access Fellowship for Deaf & Disabled Artists is in honor of Charles and Dorothy Malinowski, who were revered storytellers in the Deaf Community. Fellows receive two free classes, one free Script Lab, and more!

The virtual performance is completely free!

Whether you’ll be joining us at the Russ Tutterow Theatre or logging in on our YouTube channel to join the talkback in the chat, we cannot wait to see you there!

Accessibility: All-Gender Restrooms, Captioning, Sensory Friendly, and Wheelchair Accessible.

ASL Storybook of “Red: A Crayon’s Story” at Oak Park Public Library

Experience Red: A Crayon’s Story like you never have before! This storybook video features Deaf American Sign Language master signer Crom Saunders signing the words to the animated book, with music and sound effects bringing the story to life. Then we’ll watch and play along with fun interactive games conducted by students and teachers from the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Crom will visit in person and play theater games with the kids after the video. This event will have a live interpreter.

Best for kids in preschool and elementary school and their family and friends.


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Cultural Access Collaborative’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser

Celebrate a decade of access.
Join Us!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Plante Moran
1st Floor Lobby
10 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago IL

Entrance on the corner of Monroe and Canal

$50 per attendee

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Cultural Access Collab removes barriers to make Illinois’ arts and culture more accessible to people with disabilities by providing education, promotional tools, accessible equipment and a supportive community. Join us in celebrating the past ten years of our work, and help us make Illinois even more inclusive in the year to come!

Enjoy music performed by the Tommy Carroll Trio, light refreshments and drinks, all while helping to sustain our cultural accessibility efforts in Illinois. If you’re able, make an additional donation to further support the Collab’s efforts.

About Tommy Carroll Trio
The Tommy Carroll Trio is an ensemble offering highly rhythmic interpretations of jazz compositions old and new. Composed of drums, bass and guitar, the group’s adventurous spirit provides listeners a fresh experience at every performance

Your $50 Ticket Includes
Light appetizers and two beverage tickets (beer, wine, or non-alcoholic) are provided per ticket. Dress code is business casual.

Covid Safety
As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities — and because there will be immunocompromised and medically vulnerable people in attendance — we need your help to create and maintain a safer environment for all. It is our collective responsibility to follow this guidance and we appreciate your cooperation in advance.

Masking is highly recommended when not actively eating or drinking. Clear masks will be available if needed. Weather permitting, there is outdoor access at the venue. We will monitor Covid rates in our area, and may revise our policy if appropriate.

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 4 days following the event, please notify and let us know. We will inform all attendees.

Accessibility Information
Everyone is welcome!

  • Plante Moran is accessible to guests who use wheelchairs or need to avoid stairs. Tables and chairs are available.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and open captioning is available for the brief remarks portion of the evening; if you require ASL or captioning for mingling with other guests, please let us know in advance.
  • A quiet room is available.
  • A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to those who wish to attend, but cannot afford the ticket price. Email us at to learn more.
  • If you require a sighted guide, or any other access services to fully participate, please let us know as soon as you can.
  • Email or call 715-212-9140.

Please fill out the required registration form. In case of technical difficulties, please email for assistance.

Thanks to Plante Moran and our other in-kind sponsors of this event.

Cultural Access Collab removes barriers to make Illinois’ arts and culture more accessible to people with disabilities by providing education, promotion tools, equipment and a supportive community.

Your donation in any amount makes accessibility in the arts in Illinois possible!