After a thorough search for MRAC’s first program director to focus their energy and expertise on accessibility within MRAC and also as a resource for the greater arts community, we are excited to share that Scott Artley joined the MRAC team this week. With VSA Minnesota closing their doors this month, this new MRAC role will assure that the grants for accessibility projects that VSA has administered for the past 10 years will continue. Scott will be able to bring an accessibility lens to MRAC in a way we have not previously done and will be a strong resource for serving those with disabilities and also helping MRAC applicant groups make their programming accessible.
Scott has a long history with the organization, having served as a panelist, been a MRAC grant applicant, and has supported MRAC groups through consulting projects. He has over a decade of leadership experience in the arts, with a special focus on community-based initiatives. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Performing Arts Curator and then Executive Artistic Director of Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis, a grassroots intersectional performance art incubator. Before that, he worked with the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Southern Theater, Madame of the Arts, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Walker Art Center, among others, before establishing his own independent consulting practice in 2012. He has provided accessibility consulting services to a variety of arts organizations of all types and sizes, from galleries to festivals to theaters, including in outdoor environments, with budgets ranging from $15K-$2.8M. Scott comes to MRAC after serving as Executive Director for the Stevens Square Community Organization, where he produced the Red Hot Art Festival, including the first-ever Touchable Art Fair in partnership with Vision Loss Resources.
The MRAC Accessibility grant program will be available for applicants in the spring; watch for the new grant guidelines in early 2020. Feel free to reach out to Scott with any questions or ideas concerning accessibility at MRAC or in the arts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-523-6384.