Accessibility at Artfest Kingston T: 1-613-887-2450
Artfest Kingston has taken steps to ensure that everyone who attends can experience the workshops, concerts and vendors who make up the festival. To guide us along, we have engaged the services of Vanessa MacDonald, our Accessibility Coordinator, who has worked to ensure the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is fully implemented. The AODA outlines how all facilities, services and activities are accessible and barrier free. The goal of Artfest Kingston is to exceed AODA expectations and make the festival as enjoyable as possible.
Artfest Kingston staff and volunteers are trained in support requirements for people with disabilities, are familiar with the newly developed Artfest Kingston Accessibility Policy.
Artfest Kingston takes place in the beautiful City Park, accessible by Kingston transit and a few blocks from Kingston’s downtown. City Park is an ideal venue with mature-tree shade and the cool breeze of Lake Ontario to combat the heat. City Park’s wide paved pathways make navigation of mobility devices and service animals easy.
At the festival Information Centre and show entrances there are festival programs (available in large print format).
Coloured symbols spray-painted on pathways and signs at varying heights identify where to find support services and activities. Art activities are located just off the pathways in large tents with sheets of plywood provided for stability.
Volunteers wearing orange or red shirts will be seen throughout the festival, ready to answer any questions. We are also building partnerships with Kingston’s disability community to utilize their expertise to increase accessibility features. Artfest Kingston will also seek the feedback from the disability community to make sure the festival continues to reflect what the community requires.
Service animals will have a shaded area and watering station adjacent to the Information Centre, as well as watering stations throughout the festival. An additional rest areas will be available around the festival, providing tables, chairs, shade, and animal watering stations.
Artfest Kingston is proud of its festival and connection to the City of Kingston. A top priority for the festival is to provide a sense of place and belonging to all who participate, creating an event for people of all abilities.
ARTFest Kingston Accessibility Policy is structured upon:
· Dignity - To provide support in a way that maintains self-respect
· Independence - To provide an environment where a person can act without unnecessary interference
· Integration - To provide service so everyone receives it in a similar way
· Equal opportunity - To ensure all goods, services or facilities are accessible