Accessibility + Art Shanty Projects




Art Shanty Projects embraces the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in our commitment to ensuring that all members of our community can participate as fully as possible in our arts events, programs, meetings, facilities and communications. 


  • Parking: Accessible parking is available to permitted cars in the Bandshell Lot nearest Bread & Pickle
  • Ramps: Two ADA compliant ramps will bring visitors from the shore down to the surface of the lake. These are located at the edge of the lake on the patio in front of Bread & Pickle. From the ramps, follow a plowed path leading to the welcome gate. NOTE: There is a second plowed path near 42nd Street that leads towards the gate – be prepared for a big step down to the ice here (no ramp).
  • Paths: Pathways will be plowed on shore around existing park infrastructure, and on ice from shore to gate and throughout the village.
    Kicksleds are available to transport folks with limited mobility onto the ice and throughout the village. One is equipped to accommodate a wheelchair. Meet at the Kicksled Stop at the bottom of the ramps (in front of Bread & Pickle) where staff and volunteers will greet you and escort you onto the ice. You can also use them with your friend!
  • Restrooms: Porta-potties are available on shore near the parking lot, including ADA units.
    Sign Language Interpreters & Audio Describers: ASL interpretation and audio description services are available from 11am – 2pm each day of the festival. Meet at the Welcome Shanty just inside the entrance gate to the village and we will connect you with your guide!
  • Printed Maps: Printed maps will be available with shanty names and relevant accessibility and sensory information. Ask for one at the Welcome Shanty!
    Free Store Shanty: Artists are offering new and gently used winter wear free to the public in the shanty village
  • Signage: We are committed to creating high contrast signage throughout the village
    Shanties and Performances: Staff works with artists directly to incorporate accessibility into their project design
  • Training: Board and staff receive accessibility training and disability etiquette to ensure a welcoming atmosphere for all community members
  • Outreach: We do outreach to ensure members of the disability community are invited to our program and are aware of our accessibility plan
  • Evaluation: Our accessibility efforts during the festival will be evaluated by a professional to help develop a plan for future years


This is a brief overview of our accessibility plan. We are committed to removing barriers and limitations in all that we do. We understand that accessibility is an integral part of our work and integrate funding for accessibility resources into our annual budget. Our larger accessibility plan includes areas such as: communications, website, meetings, off-ice events, engagement with people with disabilities, partnerships, organizational planning and training, and grievance procedures.

The 2024 accessibility plan is under board review and will be posted here upon approval.

Learn more about our 2024 program here!

If you have accessibility needs, questions or requests, please contact us:

We appreciate receiving your feedback via email as we continue on this journey.