Arts Access Victoria
Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria has since become the state’s leading arts and disability organisation.
AAV is dedicated to an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for Deaf and Disabled people, the communities in which they live and the arts sector in which they aspire to participate without barriers. It achieves this through:
- Disability-led advocacy
- The delivery of outstanding community arts and cultural development programs for more than 1300 Deaf and Disabled people
- Professional development programs for Deaf and Disabled artists aimed at securing creative and employment outcomes
- Best-practice industry development initiatives that drive the engagement of organisations across the arts, disability and community sector
Over the past four decades, AAV has established itself as the driving force behind an inclusive and accessible arts and cultural sector in Victoria.
AAV shares unique and untold stories through art-making that interrogates important issues that frame the lives of Deaf and Disabled people. It challenges the placement of Deaf and Disabled artists at the margins, recognising them instead as significant and invaluable contributors to the Australian cultural landscape.