ACCESSIBILITY IS BEAUTIFUL 2021
WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, the community gathered to celebrate ACCESSIBILITY here at The Steel Yard. We were honored to partner with R.A.M.P. (Real Access Motivates Progress) to host this event, raise awareness, and support local businesses to understand the importance of ensuring that ALL of our places become accessible.
R.A.M.P is a 501 (c) (3) organization that educates and advocates for accessibility and inclusion. They support all individuals with disabilities, their families, and their allies in creating a safe and barrier-free environment.
Let’s start off our THANK YOUS with Tina Founder/ President/CEO of RAMP creator and organizer of the amazing event. You are a literal force of nature and we’re so grateful to work by your side! As Tina says, “Changing your perspective and opening up your business only increases your bottom line. We can do this together!” Tina received citations from Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos for all her amazing accessibility advocacy in Rhode Island during the speaking engagement.
Thank you to the speaker’s Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Secretary Stefan Pryor, Anthony Santurri, Howie Sneider, and Billy Kepner from Lieutenant-Governor Sabina Matos office. Thank you all for your inspiring words and dedication to Accessibility.
- Thank you to all of the sponsors who supported this event: Sunnyside on the Street , Oakley Home Access, Alien Ice, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI Cross Disability Coalition , Diana Perkins, Includesign, Bike-On.com, Photos by AMR, Freeplay Bar & Arcade, Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, Rhode Island College (RIC), Brian Wilk Author, Outsider Collective, AARP Rhode Island, The Coalition – Talk Radio, Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL), Ocean State Trauma Informed Care, Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services – ORS, Studio 10 WJAR, What’s going on in North Providence , Venture Café Providence, Providence Streets Coalition , Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
- Thank you to our amazing artists and performers- Laura White Carpenter, Jane Dillon, Rainbow Home Studios, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble
- Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff the made the event possible.
- Thank you to DJ Huey and Dante for the absolutely phenomenal tunes.
- Thank you, Dave Allyn and Thirsty productions for your sound/ tech expertise.
- Thank you to our Public Projects and Studio team for showcasing how accessibility can be beautiful and showing off all of the improvements we’ve made in the studio. We’re looking forward to more and more folks committed to accessible designs and art in public spaces.
- Thank you to the Rhode Island Department of Health for offering COVID-19 information, testing and vaccinations
- AND last but not least- THANK YOU! For attending, supporting, and celebrating
ACCESSIBILITY AT THE YARD.
The Steel Yard is an accessible industrial-arts center, and this past year we partnered with Arts Equity and R.A.M.P. (Real Access Motivates Progress) to assess our studio for accessibility, make recommendations for improvements and develop an Accessibility Guide and Disabilities Welcome Guide. Studio upgrades, equipment, and the guides themselves were funded by the RI State Council on the Arts & The Champlin Foundation. Special thanks to Jeannine L. Chartier, Tina G. Pedersen, and Tim Cox for your input and leadership.