Sandglass Theater has added a new walkway for accessibility


PUTNEY >> Sandglass Theater has added a new cement walkway to improve physical accessibility at the theater's events. While the theater has had a legally accessible grade for years, the gravel walkway has been less than adequate, especially in bad weather. The new walkway will make access easier for all events at the Putney venue. The walkway was funded by an anonymous local donor, and helps to bring an old Vermont building up to the standards of current use.

In the nearly 30 years that Sandglass has been in the southern Vermont community, the theater has grown to be an organization committed to presenting and creating work based in issues of human justice. While this year's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival explored these themes of humanization and embracing the "otherness" we so easily project into the world, it also widened the eyes of Sandglass staff to aspects of accessibility in town and with visiting artists. Although the festival was successful, joyous and well received, one of the largest events presented some severe accessibility issues, about which the organizers were disappointed. In acknowledgment of this situation Sandglass has taken proceeds from that event and made a donation to The Inclusion Center, a drop-in activity center for and by people with disabilities and interested community members. The new access walkway is a further step toward full inclusion for the theater venue.

"Politics is not only issue based," says Sandglass Co-artistic Director Eric Bass, "it is inclusion based as well".

Sandglass Theater is excited to join Next Stage Arts Project, now equipped with an elevator and soon to reopen as a fully accessible venue, on Putney's "Theater Row," updating older buildings to meet needs of Southern Vermont's population.


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