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Through our training and professional development, we coach educators, administrators, artists and staff from cultural organizations to become more inclusive practitioners, create universally-designed programming, and develop policies and practices that encourage meaningful inclusion and participation by people with disabilities.



Open Door Arts provides training and support to help staff, administrators, and educators in Arts and Cultural institutions to ensure that their policies, practices, and programming are welcoming and inclusive to all patrons and participants. We customize the content and format of our trainings to support front of house staff, ushers, docents, educators, administrative staff, and leadership.

We offer additional consultancy opportunities to provide targeted services, such as developing tools and documents including preview guides and intake forms, and connecting organizations to user experts.

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Who We've Worked With:

  • American Repertory Theatre
  • ArtsEmerson
  • ICA Boston
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Celebrity Series of Boston
  • Mass. Cultural Council Universal Participation Learning Network
  • Museum of Russian Icons
  • New Arts Center
  • New Repertory Theatre
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
  • Worcester Art Museum

The impact is already being felt in our classrooms. We now have a common language and a common set of practices, which I know will support us in creating safe and creative spaces for all our students!"                         - Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University

for educators, schools, and school districts

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Open Door Arts provides training to general and special education teachers, arts educators, teaching artists, and school administrators to utilize the arts to make their instruction, environment, and communication accessible to all students. We customize our offerings to meet the specific needs and goals of our partners, providing a wide menu of choices including one-time workshops, day-long sessions, and long-term professional learning communities that are available both in-person and online.

Who we've worked with:

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Concord Carlisle High School
  • Lesley University
  • VSA International
  • Worcester Public Schools

Open Door Arts consistently thinks of every detail that honors the time and effort our teachers put into supporting our students. They have provided rich experiences, an unbreakable culture of sharing and a professionalism that has exceeded our expectations."     - Visual Arts Liaison, Worcester Public Schools

Let's Work together

As a leader in the field of inclusive practices, we have more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and organizations to promote the arts and inclusion.  We would love to learn more about you and partner with you to accomplish your goals!

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