Large Strategic Grant awarded to The Stables by MK Community Foundation Image: The Stables

Grant will be used to breakdown some of the barriers to attending the arts

MK Community Foundation has awarded The Stables Theatre a Large Strategic Grant of £95,000. The grant, which will be awarded over two years, will be used to fund an extensive programme designed to enhance the organisation’s approach to working with D/deaf and disabled communities as participants, audience members and performers.

The Stables will work with national accessibility and disability specialists including Attitude is Everything and Graeae Theatre Company to create a bespoke training programme for The Stables’ staff and its 200-strong volunteer base. It will also open up sessions to the wider cultural sector.

Jenny Sealey, Graeae Theatre’s Artistic Director, has been appointed as Artist-in-Residence for next year’s IF: Milton Keynes International Festival (17-26 July 2020). She will work with The Stables to build inclusivity into their future work, by creating an accessible and high quality programme for disabled artists.

An Engagement Manager will work with groups in Milton Keynes to breakdown some of the barriers to attending the arts. Specialist digital and technology systems will also be developed and tested with a view to improving access to live music events for disabled customers. The training, digital systems and artistic programme will be rolled out during next year’s Festival.

Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of The Stables said:

“This is an important investment in our ambitions to enable us to engage with more people in exciting new ways, and we are immensely grateful to MK Community Foundation for their support and enthusiasm in helping us to work with some of the UK’s most inspiring artists and organisations.”

Funding for this programme comes from National Lottery Community Fund and the Margaret Powell Foundation Fund.

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