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Create NSW Leads Statewide Rollout of National Arts and Disability Digital Portal

Create NSW will bring ARTfinder, the comprehensive online arts and cultural portal for people with disability, to NSW through a leading state contribution of $40,000 to support the Australian Government’s $125,000 contribution to the national rollout of Arts Access Victoria’s portal.
 
Through combined Federal, State and Territory funding of $250,000, as a world-first, ARTfinder National will map disability-inclusive arts programs and experiences in regional and metropolitan Australia, searchable by accessibility, location, cost and artform. Across the country, participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be able to find arts activities to access, and it will help NDIS Local Area Coordinators to quickly see the range of arts activities on offer.
 
ARTfinder will show information on programs and events with accessible features such as tactile tours, Auslan interpreters, audio-described performances, captioned workshops, relaxed performances, qualified disability support staff, as well as disability awareness trained staff and volunteers amongst other options.
 
The NSW partner for the rollout of ARTfinder National is Accessible Arts, a leading organisation for the intersection of arts and disability. Through the rollout, the company will contribute to the development of the project and provide specialist advice to participating NSW arts, screen and cultural organisations and artists with disability across the state.
 
Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey commented, “We are committed to removing barriers to participation for people with disability across the spectrum of arts and cultural activities in NSW, and ARTfinder is an important step forward.
 
“The fantastic thing about engagement with the portal is that it works both ways. As well as increasing the awareness of accessible options to people with disability, by using the portal as a benchmark of their inclusion and accessibility, organisations can build their capacity and open themselves up to wider audiences, promoting the value of arts and culture to increase diversity and inclusion.”
 
Prof Sharman Pretty, Chair Accessible Arts added, “Accessible Arts is excited to be partnering with Arts Access Victoria on delivering this project to NSW. To be able to go to one website and find a range of suitable activities will really foster further engagement and participation in arts and culture for people with disability.”
 
For more information about the ARTfinder portal visit www.artsaccess.com.au/artfinder/ and to find out more about the National Arts and Disability Strategy visit www.arts.gov.au/national-arts-and-disability-strategy