Drafting an Access Statement with Finnegan Shannon

Drafting access statements is an important practice for anyone involved planning or hosting gatherings (concerts, meetings, artist talks, dinner parties, etc). Sharing what access provisions are available and not available is key for disabled attendees planning their participation.

Join Visual Arts Resident Finnegan Shannon as we draft access statements to deepen our thinking about access, start conversations with collaborators, and plant seeds for future access.

Date: This one-time in-person workshop meets on Tuesday, November 14 from 7-9pm.

Price: Free (Suggested $10 donation)

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Materials provided.

Accessibility: The class will meet in the North Hall on the 1st floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We'll be near located near gendered, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. Please wear a mask to this event for the safety of all participants. ASL and CART are available by request (if possible, please email us one week in advance so we have time to coordinate with our access workers). Finnegan will prepare a packet with some sample access statements — these will be large print and will also be read aloud. A digital copy will also be available to attendees. The workshop will include time to draft an access statement. We'll have paper and pens but also feel free to bring any writing tools you prefer. For access questions, please contact Christina Daniels, christina@pioneerworks.org. For more information about Pioneer Works' accessibility, visit https://pioneerworks.org/visit.

Finnegan Shannon is an artist. They experiment with forms of access that intervene in ableist structures with humor, earnestness, and rage. Some of their recent work includes Anti-Stairs Club Lounge, an ongoing project that gathers people together who share an aversion to stairs; Alt Text as Poetry, a collaboration with Bojana Coklyat that explores the expressive potential of image description; and Do You Want Us Here or Not, a series of benches and cushions designed for exhibition spaces.

Classes at Pioneer Works are made possible by Sandeman Port.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.