Welcome to Casco’s access note, where you can find more information about our accessibility. We will periodically update this access note as we learn more and deepen our understanding. The last update was on 8 December 2022.
When announcing our activities, we try to reiterate specific access details. If you are ever unsure, write to email@example.com.
Admission to our exhibitions and activities is always free. Any events or material of ours for which financial compensation is requested are calculated on a sliding scale, as it is not possible for everyone to pay the same amount. Learn more about this here: The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice.
Mobility & Presence
Due to the steps leading up to the entrance and the building’s internal staircases, Casco is not wheelchair accessible. We are working towards making Casco an accessible space for wheelchair users in the future. We often hold events in our wheelchair accessible courtyard when the weather is nice, and our hotel neighbor (Court Hotel City Center Utrecht) has agreed that our guests can use their wheelchair accessible restroom.
Companions/assistants are very welcome, including service dogs. We welcome small children and babies to our space and have a diaper changing cushion.
Casco Art Institute strives to record or livestream as many of our events as possible.
The bathroom in our office is gender neutral and a (small) single stall. There is a somewhat larger, gender neutral single stall bathroom on the first floor. Feel free to wash yourself for any purpose. It can be visitors with multiple chemical sensitivities and autoimmune illnesses are present. In that case it can be requested to remove (or prevent to wear) your fragrance.
Our information material is available in both English and Dutch, and our events are generally spoken in English, unless otherwise stated.
We strive to provide sign language interpretation (Nederlandse Gebarentaal (NGT) and/or American Sign Language (ASL)) to D/deaf and hard of hearing communities onsite and via our livestream events.
We also include live captioning, transcripts, and translation for our audiovisual productions to create different entry points with regards to various developmental abilities and neurodivergence, learning and attention styles, and first/second languages. We provide image descriptions in our media as well as audio descriptions where possible.
There are no active measures in The Netherlands at this moment for visiting cultural centres. We feel the urge to still mention the following: measures vary across countries, and immunocompromised people as well others simply not wanting to risk COVID-19 are often neglected in the changing measurements. Therefore, we aim to operate by reading the room. If for safety and comfort we collectively decide to keep distance and wear a mask, we would like you to respect that and do so as well. We would like to remind you to stay home if you have any symptoms. In the end, we want to establish a safe culture for our visitors, team and society.
”There are always going to be crips. There are always going to be people in pain – that’s just the nature of being in a body. But the social body, we can change!” – Patty Berne, Sins Invalid
Our views on access
Collectivity is made possible through relationships, and these relationships, both human and nonhuman, are the essence of life. We learn from biodiversity that difference helps life thrive through a system of interdependent relationships. Yet many institutions check, exclude, and break rules when people don’t fit neatly into a box. Extreme inequalities are exacerbated by economic differences in prosperity. Not everyone has access to art and culture from the same level, and art and culture is different for everyone. The value of difference is central to our work with art and the commons, as the commons can be a useful answer to more equal access to shared resources, not just for everyone, but for every form of life.
It is therefore very important that our accessibility policy is more than just a series of theoretical reflections, and is carried out in practice by the team and in collaboration with Casco’s various audience groups. Casco is a meeting place that embraces mixed-ability, skills, and insights. We welcome feedback and to join us as we improve our accessibility.
The Covid-19 pandemic showed that working online is possible. For many sick people and people with disabilities it’s hard to see how quickly this adjustment was made now that there was a higher demand for it. This phenomenon, also called the “inaccessibility cycle” is something we have also been guilty of and are now being vigilant and wanting to break through. Casco no longer wants to take accessibility as an afterthought, but make it visible and institutionalized.
Work (together) with Casco
Casco Art Institute consists of a small team of various ages and cultural backgrounds. This extends to our dynamic ecosystem of relationships. When working with us, you contribute to a warm, generous community that is respectful of everyone’s experience, background, identifications and communities they are part of. For any form of violence, we have a zero-tolerance policy. In situations of conflict, we will work together with the people involved to find the appropriate solutions using a transformative justice approach.
The fees for the artists with whom Casco works are in accordance with the Fair Practice Code, a code of conduct for entrepreneurship and working in art, culture, and the creative industry. We seek to find low CO2 footprint and sustainable forms of production and transportation.
As part of our Artist Agreements, we include the discussed description and condition for working together. We also welcome artists to include information of their “access rider” for a better collaboration.
Contact and more
Please contact Leana through email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need some extra help, and we can assist you to visit our exhibitions and attend the many events in our multifarious program. If you are interested in supporting and being part of this process, either by sharing your knowledge and experience, or by making a financial contribution, please reach out.
Lastly, we would like to share the article Access Intimacy: The Missing Link by Disability activist and community organizer Mia Mingus, whose work is inspiring us in our investigation into making Casco accessible “on the ground” while broadening our perception of limitations and abilities. Likewise, we take inspiration from the 10 Principles of Disability Justice, which was stewarded by Sins Invalid with cross movement leadership of Disabled people of color and of queer and gender non-conforming disabled people.
We would eternally like to thank Staci Bu Shea for their effort and love in organizing around access for our institution.
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