Commitment to Accessibility
The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all Metropolitan Regional Arts Council services, programs, and activities.
Access Coordinator & Contact
Please email Scott Artley at email@example.com or call 651-523-6384 to connect about your needs. You may also contact the front desk at 651-645-0402 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 9 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Building & Facilities
Please note: Due to COVID-19, MRAC’s physical office has been closed since Friday, March 13th and staff is working from home. Our regular activities and services continue as planned via remote participation when possible.
MRAC rents space in the Midtown Commons building at 2324 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114. We are actively working with our landlord to make ADA compliance a priority.
When visiting, the ADA accessible entrance with an automatic door is on the southwest side of the building (access from Myrtle Ave). For your safety, if taking Metro Mobility or Uber or Lyft, do not exit the vehicle on University Ave and exit in the rear parking lot instead at the double doors with a green awning marked 2324. Our offices are on the main level. From the rear entrance, proceed forward for about 10 feet and then turn left at the hallway. MRAC’s office is the first door on the right. There is an electric doorbell installed on the right side outer frame of MRAC’s office door if you would like assistance entering, and a tabletop bell on the right side of the front desk to call for assistance if there is no staff member present.
Restrooms are located on the main floor and second floor, and are gendered, with one option that is more friendly to gender fluidity. All restrooms have grab bars, but not all restrooms in the building are fully compliant with ADA guidelines; please ask us which will meet your needs.
You are welcome to use our refrigerator to store food or medicine as well as our private space for prayer, lactation, quiet/sensory break, etc. A PC laptop and WiFi are available for anyone to use. A telephone with volume control is available for public use by request.
When events are held at locations other than the MRAC offices, the event description will include all accessibility details about that space.
MRAC is happy to offer our grant guidelines and workshop presentations/materials in Braille, Large Print, or other formats. We request advance notice for these requests that vary according to format, from one week to on-demand, but it never hurts to ask. On each grant webpage there is a link to the guidelines in a text format that is friendly to screen readers. This text format also allows you to easily adjust the font size in your browser. Signage in the office is 18 point font or larger.
We can provide ASL interpreters or captioning for any of our workshops or events (one week advance notice requested), and make accommodations for dietary needs and fragrance sensitivity (two days’ advance notice requested). Simple audio description of audio/visual presentations (e.g. Powerpoint slides) is always provided in workshops and trainings.
Virtual Programs Accessibility
Some MRAC activities are offered in virtual/online formats, typically using Zoom, a virtual conferencing software available for free download, or available (with limited functionality) in your browser. Participants may also call in via phone to participate. Visit zoom.us or find it on your device’s app store to download and make your account before the meeting begins.
Live automated captioning is always available: Learn how to enable captions on Zoom. Live human-generated captions, live American Sign Language interpretation, and related written materials provided in advance are available for most activities upon request. Recorded events (like grant information workshops and panel orientations) are available on MRAC’s YouTube channel with human-generated captions. For activities led by MRAC staff, presenters will describe all visual elements of presentations verbally.
We are aware that some applicants may face challenges accessing the online interface MRAC uses to manage applications, especially those using screen readers. The company that makes this product, Foundant Technologies, assures us that their products are tested for accessibility with NVDA, a screen reader software compatible with Windows available for free download. Applicants with disabilities wishing to use other means to apply can work with MRAC staff to adapt our typical processes to ensure you have equal opportunity to submit an application. Solutions we have previously implemented include filling out an adapted form in Microsoft Word, and providing verbal responses that MRAC will share via audio recording or transcribe. To begin a conversation about how we can help, please contact the program director for the grant opportunity you wish to pursue, or connect with Scott Artley at email@example.com or 651-523-6384.
Additional In-Person Access
If you would like any other assistance during your visit, there are three options: 1) ask the nearest MRAC staff member, 2) ring the doorbell installed on the right side outer frame of MRAC’s office door, or 3) ring the bell on the right side of the front desk.
Accessibility Resources for Arts Organizations
If you would like to learn more about making your organization accessible to people with disabilities, please visit Accessibility Resources for Arts Organizations.