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Saturday, May 18, 2024

$149K grant expands accessible programming at CAM

CAM received a $149,000 two-year grant from the Institute of Museum of Library Services Museums for America to implement a new accessibility plan to help people with all abilities partake in its programming. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Those experiencing visual, hearing, and cognitive differences will have more opportunities to explore Cameron Art Museum’s artistic offerings due to a newly awarded grant.

CAM received a $149,000 two-year grant from the Institute of Museum of Library Services Museums for America to implement a new accessibility plan. The money will help the museum remove barriers and expand its programs, educational opportunities, exhibitions and virtual initiatives to be inclusive of people with disabilities.

The museum will utilize the funds to “include artists and musicians working with participants living with disability, American Sign Language interpretation, and incorporate new means of accommodation such as sensory bags and sound blocking headphones,” according to a press release.

Its staff also will participate in training regarding accessibility practices. A newly formed advisory committee made up of community members with lived experience will be formed to help guide the initiative.

“Visual art is essential to understanding one another, the world, and our place in it — and access to art should be available to everyone,” executive director Heather Wilson said in the release.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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