We strive to have a welcoming and engaging experience for all who participate in Northwest Folklife's programs and events. As a community we are learning to build practices grounded in anti-racism and equity, including integrating and expanding accessibility in our programs. We invite your participation, input, and feedback as we continue to develop these facets of Folklife. As we celebrate the 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival together, let's make our vision of 'strengthening community through arts and culture' truly inclusive.
On this journey, we are exploring and expanding accessibility features in programming for the virtual 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, streaming live May 28-31.
Please see the accessibility tools and resources we're offering at this time below:
We are offering closed captions for some performances, including the full livestreams on the 50 Years of Folklife channel and The Roadhouse: Participatory Dance & Workshops. All performances that are captioned are listed with a "*" symbol for easy accessibility. You can see the full list of performances on the Schedule page and Meet the Artists page.
Since real-time captions are being created and displayed while the program is being broadcast, there is no opportunity to proofread captions or to replay difficult to understand audio. As a result, errors do occur, usually in the form of incorrect, though phonetically similar, words (such as ‘row place’ instead of ‘replace.’) NCI continuously assesses each real-time captioner’s work so that accuracy rates of 98 percent or better can be maintained.
ACCESSIBILITY KEY FOR PERFORMANCES
* = Captioned
^ = Participatory
To learn about our participatory programs, visit the Participate page.
ACCESSIBILITY EMAIL: CONTACT US
If you have questions about any of our accessibility features or have inquiries on accessibility needs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDITIONAL ACCESSIBILITY PRACTICES:
Our emcees are trained to give physical descriptions of themselves during their introductions. We are incorporating physical descriptions into our daily practices to ensure that our programs are accessible for all, including those who may be visually impaired.
ALT CAPTIONS FOR PHOTOS
We are currently working to update our website to include alternative (alt) text to all photos to ensure that anyone who may be visually impaired or have cognitive disabilities will be able to access the information of the photos.
We are proud to be working alongside an accessibility consultant who is helping us reframe our daily practices to ensure that all of our work is accessible for all.