The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold an “Access for All Brick Courtyard Celebration” at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15, to mark the newly renovated area on the festival's campus.
The event will include live music, food and beverages, face painting and other activities, culminating with a program recognizing those who donated and raised funds for the renovated space. There will also be a performance by Infinite Flow — A Wheelchair Dance Company on the new Green Show Stage. The 2017 Green Show season will commence the following evening and continue every Tuesday through Sunday through Oct. 15.
The three phases of OSF’s $5.1 million “Access for All” campaign are designed to make the OSF campus more accessible, particularly for people who have mobility issues. Donations totaling more than $1 million by Ashland residents Joel Axelrod and Judy Yin Shih served as a catalyst for the campaign. The couple also donated funds for a sound system and education program.
Phase Three of the “Access for All” campaign will take place in November-December, with the addition of seven wheelchair and companion seats in the Angus Bowmer Theatre to meet patron needs.
Kamilah Long, OSF’s manager of capital campaigns and leadership alliances, said in a press release the renovations and upgrades also carry out the mission of the festival.
“Improving the functionality and aesthetics of our campus is a tremendous accomplishment, and the added beauty of it is that the campaign also supports the Festival’s core mission and long-term goals,” she said. “At its foundation, ‘Access for All’ is grounded in OSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. These renovations increase accessibility and inclusion in their purest forms, by making it physically easier for patrons with all levels of ability to attend plays and the Green Show.”