Arts United announced the details for increased accessibility at the Taste of the Arts Festival 2022. Sponsored by AWS Foundation, this addition will help Arts United to ensure that the Taste of the Arts Festival is an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible experience for festival participants and community members.
The quiet zone will be located inside Fort Wayne Museum of Art upstairs in the Overlook Room. Attendees can visit the quiet zone if they need a break from the sound and activity featured in other parts of the festival.
Shuttle service will be provided by CTN for greater accessibility to all parts of the festival. This continuous shuttle service will be available throughout the day with two routes. The blue route features two shuttles that travel around the festival footprint. The orange route’s single shuttle will stop at the outer perimeter of the festival and travel out to the remote festival parking at Clinton St. and Fourth St. across from Lawton Park.
Sensory-friendly kits are available upon request for attendees to borrow and keep with them as they navigate the different areas of the festival at the three Taste of the Arts information tents. Contents include noise-reducing headphones in both adult and children’s sizes or noise-reducing earbuds.
High volume performances are noted on stage schedule signs, brochures, and online. These performances are likely to have a high level of sound. Attendees may need to be prepared with noise-reducing equipment or choose to avoid this particular performance.
Sign language interpreters will be featured at select performances for those with auditory disabilities. These performances will be noted on stage schedule signs, brochures, and online.
Additionally, six performances at this year’s festival feature performers of diverse abilities in different performing art forms, including Rainee Perdue, Mirror Lake Players Improv, and Pathfinders programs.
Taste of the Arts is August 27, 2022 from 11am to 6pm, located at Arts Campus Fort Wayne, The Landing, and Promenade Park. For more information and updates about the 2022 festival, visit tastefw.org and follow Taste of the Arts Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Taste of the Arts is sponsored in 2022 by 3Rivers Credit Union, NiSource Foundation (NIPSCO), AWS Foundation, Arcpoint Productions, The Landing, Arts Campus Fort Wayne, Riverfront Fort Wayne, Ambassador Enterprises, AEP Foundation, Parrish Leasing, Sweetwater, Indiana Arts Commission, Bradley Co., Current Mechanical, Do It Best Corp., Metropolitan Title, North Eastern Group Realty, PHP, Downtown Improvement District, 1st Source Bank, Fort Wayne Metals, Ferguson, Somerset CPAs and Advisors, Strahm Building Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group, Pizza Hut, and Rea Magnet Wire.
Festival format is subject to change should any public health guidelines for Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne call for heightened precautions. Arts United will continue to monitor the health of the community under the guidance of the Allen County Department of Health and CDC.