Accessibility

BAX recognizes the varied and complex nature of access and disability in arts, education, and community and cultural organizing. We will take every measure possible in our current location to meet people where they are in terms of access and disability. BAX is on the second and third floors of a building with staircases that extend from the ground floor entrance to the third floor. There is no elevator or ramp at this time, and the spaces are not wheelchair accessible.

Staircase details:

  • There are 44 front steps leading to the 3rd floor, ranging between 44 and 46 inches each (depending on the placement of the banisters and architecture of the beginning/ending step on each landing). 
  • The front steps are equipped with 4in x 42in 80-grit black grip tape with reflective glow-in-the-dark stripping. 
  • The front steps are broken into several sections of stairs: 
    • 4 steps to the Community Board Landing
    • 12 steps to the mezzanine landing
    • 8 steps to the Reception Desk
    • 12 steps to the BAX Logo Banner landing between the second and third floors, and 8 steps to the 3rd Floor. 
  • There is a bench to sit and rest between the 1st and 2nd floors .

We have two non-gendered bathrooms on each floor, dressing room, and a filtered cold/hot water fountain.

BAX is actively working on an extensive accessibility initiative and is committed to implementing ADA-compliant solutions that open the spaces to all.

 

BAX currently uses universal design principles in its ongoing digital and communication strategies. In addition, we provide ASL, Alt-text, and CART or auto transcriptions upon request, as much as the budget allows. We provide fidgets, earplugs, and other assistive devices for artists and students who request them. We are also committed to live-streaming performances, if artists are in agreement, as an additional access measure. We are actively engaged in ways to make our building as physically accessible as we can while planning for a future that includes complete accessibility for all programs, staff, and participants.

The education methodology for BAX’s youth programming was designed in partnership with disabled artists and disability specialists to prioritize equitable and accessible strategies towards engaging learners with all kinds of abilities. In addition, BAX teaching artists participate in regular professional development training and faculty discussions to understand and conceive of antiracist curriculum and practice teaching and learning facilitation strategies. Moreover, we believe in collective caretaking in which we appeal to the whole child as well as their family to develop programming that truly meets the needs and experiences of individuals while also enriching our collective community.

In addition, as part of Practice Lab, BAX is supporting a constellation of projects led by disabled artists that creates a growing framework for disability, access, and artistry at BAX. A multi-prong, artist-led collection of intersectional programs includes ROTATIONS, directed by Yo-Yo Lin and Pelenakeke Brown, D.R.E.A.M. (Disability, Radicality, Embodiment, and Access for Makers) developed by the artist Perel, an Access Artistry Conversation and Learning Circle series designed and led by Kevin Gotkin. (Check out BAX’s 2023 Framing Disability Justice Google Site, created in partnership with Kevin.) We also have a collaborative residency with the CUNY Dance Initiative at Brooklyn College, through which supported disabled artist Anna Gichan.

Together, these projects build a platform for disability artistry that serves both the organizational culture, including BAX staff and its artist community, as well as the broader field of contemporary dance and performing arts. These interlocking programs formulate a framework for accountability and shared stewardship. They build momentum and expertise about disability access and artistry, a key dimension to sustainable organizing that too often is siloed among only those spearheading the work.