Accessibility is an organizational asset and a civil right. The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) complies with all local, state and federal laws and regulations concerning civil and human rights.

Our programs, grants, and employment practices are free of discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, or disability. In addition, we comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes the ADA requirement that all programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. ArtsWA strives for effective communication with individuals with speech, visual, or hearing disabilities. Materials are available in alternative formats upon request.

Read our Invite, Welcome, and Respect: Planning Accessible Meetings and Events (PDF) for information, tips, and instructions for planning meetings, performances, and other events that are universally accessible.

The booklet, Using Access Symbols (PDF), provides ideas about effectively using accessibility symbols, and informing people about the accessible services and facilities.

Disability and Accessibility Resources

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Office for AccessAbility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment established to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions. It also provides a number of guides including:


Questions about agency accessibility (public meetings, facility access, etc.)
Terry West, Deputy Director
(360) 586-5350 |

Grants to Organizations questions about requirements for applicants and grantees
Miguel Guillén, Grants to Organization Manager
(360) 586-0424 |

Arts in Education questions about requirements for applicants and grantees
Lisa Jaret, Arts in Education Manager
(360) 586-2418 |


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