With the help of many, we made it! In April of 2011, Sandglass embarked on a project to be as physically accessible to people of all abilities and needs as we believe our programming is. We present themes of diversity including racial diversity, cultural diversity and physical differences. We present artists with hearing, vision and other special physical needs. However, when Lyena Strelkoff visited Putney as part of our Voices of Community series, we realized how inadequate our theater was in terms of access for those with mobility difficulties, particularly those patrons and artists who use wheelchairs. Therefore, with grants from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, The Fresh Sound Foundation and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation, we began construction on a $43,000 project to resolve this problem. Members of our community also helped us considerably. Four months into the project, we reached out to friends and by January of 2012, friends (and friends of friends) donated another $7,000 to the cause. We would like to especially note that some of this funding came to us in memory of Edmund Brelsford, who sadly passed away last Fall. His wife Veronica and daughter, Alicia, who herself is wheelchair bound, very generously asked that friends support the accessibility project in his memory. We are so grateful.
On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Sandglass Theater celebrated the official opening of its new wheelchair accessible lobby. The new lobby allows everyone to enter the building through the same entrance. The new ramp, in the new lobby are all part of an addition to the side of the historic barn that houses our theater. The addition allows unencumbered access to the ticket booth and restroom facilities as well as the theater itself. We’ve also added the ability to easily accomodate wheelchairs in our seating.
Thank you so much for all the support in making Sandglass Theater more accessible to all! We hope to see you at Sandglass soon!