Accessibility

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is committed to making sure all Marylanders can access our programs and services.

Everyone is welcome, and all events and activities sponsored by or operated within MSAC are fully accessible both physically and programmatically. MSAC complies with all applicable disability-related statutes and regulations, and seeks to ensure meaningful participation by all Marylanders regardless of need or ability.

MSAC has designated an Accessibility Coordinator to oversee and advise on accommodations organization-wide. 

Precious Blake, Accessibility Coordinator
Phone: (410) 627-6202
Email: precious.blake@maryland.gov
TTY: 1-800-735-2258
Maryland Relay: Dial 711
Click here for more information about Maryland Relay.

Accommodations Requests

MSAC encourages guests to fill out an Accommodation Request form by clicking here or contact the Accessibility Coordinator at least two weeks before any MSAC event date or application deadline. We will work to fulfill any requests we receive at any time.

Access the Accommodation Request Form: bit.ly/MSACAccomodations

Accessibility in the Arts

Accessibility in the Arts ensures inclusive, mutually beneficial, and meaningful participation for everyone in all cultural and creative spaces by providing full access both physically and programmatically. 

Accessibility in the Arts is a continuously evolving and malleable process that holistically considers the body and mind for both audiences and artists with diverse needs. Full access will create ecosystems and cultures that are safe and welcoming to all.

Equity and Justice 

The arts celebrate our state’s diversity, connect our shared humanity, and transform individuals and communities. MSAC and its supporting collaborators are committed to advancing and modeling equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of our organizations and across communities of our state. 

MSAC and its grantees are committed to embracing equity and non-discrimination regardless of race, religious creed, color, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, language, and/or ability.

MSAC has designated an Accessibility Coordinator to oversee and advise on accommodations organization-wide. 

Feedback and Grievance Procedures

Feedback Procedures

If guests would like to provide general feedback to MSAC about accessibility for MSAC’s programs or programs funded by MSAC, they can do so by calling (410) 627-6202 or emailing precious.blake@maryland.gov.

Grievance Procedures

For programs or services provided by MSAC 
If a program or service operated by MSAC, facilities operated by MSAC, or public meetings conducted by MSAC are inaccessible to persons with a disability or is illegally discriminatory and you want to file a grievance:

  • If you have any questions or would like to discuss the situation before filing a grievance, contact the Accessibility Coordinator.
  • To file a formal grievance, email Dan Leonard, Director of EEO & Fair Practices and ADA Coordinator at daniel.leonard@maryland.gov.

For programs or services that are not provided by, but are funded by MSAC

  • Communicate the grievance to the sponsoring organization.
  • If you think your grievance was not handled appropriately by the sponsoring organization, or if you have not received a response from the organization within thirty (30) days, contact MSAC’s Accessibility Coordinator to file a formal grievance by calling (410) 627-6202or emailing precious.blake@maryland.gov

MSAC will work with you to provide assistance as appropriate. 

Accessibility Resources Library

MSAC is building a comprehensive Accessibility Resources Library of relevant research, events, handbooks, and articles to support the learning and professional development for Maryland grantees. To contribute to the library, please fill out the Accessibility Resources Submissions Form by clicking here or email precious.blake@maryland.gov