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. Accessibility is built into the fabric of how we do art and what we expect from artists.


  • Parking: Accessible parking is available to permitted cars in lots near the bandshell park.
  • Ramps: Two ADA compliant ramps will bring visitors from the shore down to the surface of the lake.
  • Paths: Pathways will be plowed on ice from shore to village.
  • Kicksleds: Kicksleds will be available with volunteers to offer assistance traversing the distance from shore to village and for use throughout the festival.
  • 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 Noon – 3pm daily. Meet at the Welcome Shanty and we will connect you with your guide!
  • Printed Maps/Guides: Printed guides will be available with descriptions of shanties and performances, artists involved, and relevant sensory information. 
  • 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 will work with an accessibility consultant to ensure members of the disability community are invited to our program.
  • 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 on-ice accessibility plans. 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.

See the full board-approved plan for our 2023 season.

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

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