The River Clyde Pageant has just released its first Accessibility Action Plan for 2022–2026 to ensure more people can participate in the annual riverside spectacle and the organization’s year-round programming. Starting this summer and continuing through the next four years, new measures will be phased in to reach a wider, more diverse range of collaborators, audience members and volunteers to create spaces and programming that are safer and more inclusive, and to develop structures of accountability within the organization.
Since 2016, the Pageant has prided itself in fostering community connections and bridging cultural and social gaps through participatory arts programming. However, organizers have recognized gaps in the Pageant’s accessibility in recent years, thanks to input from audiences, participants and community stakeholders. With this Accessibility Action Plan, they intend to make significant improvements to the Pageant experience for all involved. In tandem with this plan, the Pageant is hiring its first Accessibility Coordinator, to assist in designing and implementing measures from the plan for this summer’s production.
The Accessibility Action Plan specifically aims to serve: individuals with limited mobility, individuals who are blind or partially sighted, individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, individuals who are neurodivergent, individuals with allergies and sensitivities, IBPOC individuals, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, individuals with low incomes, individuals without a car, and newcomers to PEI. To aid in this, the Pageant is working closely with April Hubbard, a Halifax-based accessibility consultant, who has advised on the Accessibility Action Plan and will provide mentorship for a new Accessibility Consultant.
The Pageant has released a survey inviting community members to share their feedback and ideas for accessibility improvements. The Pageant is also hiring an Accessibility Coordinator for this summer’s performances. Visit riverclydepageant.com/accessibility for more information.