Tutorial & Accessibility Guide.

Pascale Picard at the Morrin Centre, Québec City for Arts Alive! Québec, 2016

Pascale Picard performing solo with her guitar in front of a crowd of 50 people standing in a low lit room

Community building is a big priority for ELAN.

It’s implied in everything we do – from State of the Arts to the ACE Initiative. We want you to connect!

So, we’re excited to share a tool that will make it easier for you to discover what other ELAN members are up to and broadcast events of your own!

The Community Calendar is a space where active members can promote events they are organizing or those that feature their work.

Below you will find simple instructions for submitting an event and some tips to get you thinking about accessibility.

In order to submit an event, you must a current ELAN member. Click here to sign up or renew an expired membership online!

How Do I Submit an Event?

It’s super easy for active members to submit an event online by following these steps:

  1. Visit our Community Calendar.
  2. Click the “submit your event” button or hyperlink.
  3. If prompted to do so, login to your ELAN account.
  4. Fill out the form with as many details as possible (mandatory fields are indicated with a *).
  5. After clicking submit, you will be directed to a page that displays the event details: when, where, contact info.
  6. You will receive an automated email immediately (sent to the email address on your ELAN account, not the email address entered on the submission form) with the event details and a link to edit.
  7. You will receive a second email within 2 weeks if the event is approved.

Tips:

  • Use the suggested format when filling in the “when” and “length” sections.
  • If your event takes place over several days, make sure to specify the number of days in the “length” field and include a schedule in the “description” field.
  • Be mindful of the timezone, though it should default to “Eastern (US & Canada)” for events in Quebec.
  • By default, it will pull the contact name, email and phone number from your ELAN membership account, though you can edit these fields if someone else is responsible for event inquiries.
  • Events unrelated to the arts, or those containing offensive content, will not be approved.
  • If you do not receive an approval email, feel free to contact news@quebec-elan.org or 514-935-3312 for assistance.

What About Accessibility?

Accessibility concerns many people with diverse needs. 

We encourage you to think about any barriers that may affect your guests and be transparent with your community. People with access needs deserve to know what to expect at an event so they can make appropriate decisions and best prepare.

When you are filling out the online form to submit an event, include information about accessibility in the description.

Some questions to consider:

  • Is there a pay-what-you-can option?
  • Is it mandatory to purchase a ticket ahead of time?
  • What is the closest metro station? Is it accessible? What bus routes are nearby?
  • Is there space for guests to park? Are there any accessible parking spots? How many?
  • Are the doors automatic or manual?
  • Is the event located up stairs? How many steps? Is there a handrail? A ramp?
  • Is there a working elevator or escalator?
  • Are the washrooms accessible? Gender neutral? Where are they located?
  • Are children welcome? Is free childcare available?
  • Is there a scent-free policy?
  • Are service animals allowed?
  • Are guests expected to stand or sit on the floor? Will rest seating be available?
  • Will food be served? If so, what allergies or dietary restrictions will be accommodated? Can guests bring their own food?
  • Will alcohol be consumed or is it an alcohol-free event?
  • What level of participation or audience involvement is expected?
  • What language(s) will information be presented in?
  • Will there be ASL or LSQ interpreters?
  • If it is a film screening, will there be closed captioning? In what language?

Given that there are a limitless number of questions you can ask yourself in thinking about accessibility, this list is not exhaustiveAccessibility is a complex concept that deserves thorough and ongoing consideration in order to cultivate a more inclusive arts community in Quebec.

Check out these helpful resources for more information:

Accessibility Guidelines for Organizers & Facilitators (Accessibilize Montreal and the Centre for Community Organizations)

Accessibility Toolkit: A Guide to Making Art Spaces Accessible (Professor Anne Zbitnew, Humber College and Tangled Art + Disability)

Accessibilize Your Event (Olivia Dreisinger)

VIBE: Challenging Ableism and Audism in the Arts (Critical Disability Studies Working Group, Concordia University)

The Radical Access Model of Disability (Community-University Research Exchange Montreal)

Looking for some more comprehensive examples of accessibility statements? Take a peek at what was written for SistersInMotion as well as our very own Activation Conference.

Still Stuck?

Finally, if you have any questions, you’re welcome to email membership@quebec-elan.org or call 514-935-3312 (ext. 26).

See you in the directory!