London Clay Art Centre

London, Ontario

Project Description

The London Potters Guild offers high-quality programming to the general public of varying ages, ethnicities, physical abilities, and socioeconomic statuses in the London Clay Art Centre (LCAC). LCAC currently has over 180 members and over 4,500 visitors annually, but the current heritage space has accessibility issues for those with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities.

With its Barrier Buster grant, LCAC will improve improve the sound quality by installing sound-absorbing acoustic panels throughout. A FM system with individual receivers will enable those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to participate in all programs with real-time captioning of a teacher’s instruction, without the need for an interpreter, and augmented sound. New automatic door openers will help wheelchair or mobility device users, and those with vision loss.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    Part of the London Potters Guild’s mission statement is to “encourage fellowship in an inclusive and accessible facility.” Working with clay is enjoyable and therapeutic and we want to remove as many obstacles as possible for anyone who wants to work with clay.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    Infrastructure improvements will involve three elements: installing automatic door openers; mounting sound-absorbing acoustic panels; and adding technology to allow real-time captioning for those who are deaf, and augmented sound for those who are hard-of-hearing. Interestingly, as our population ages, many of the design features that we are installing now to make our facility more accessible to those with disabilities will also help those who are getting older and experiencing changes in their senses and mobility. So, it really is accessibility for all!

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    The London Potters Guild is delighted to be leading our community as a Barrier Buster. This is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to ensuring that all people in London and the surrounding areas can access our facility and experience the joy of working with clay.

Awareness Event

Tuesday

December 5, 2017

Access to Clay Art 4All

Location: 664 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, N5W 2Y8

Time: 7-8 pm

Description: This public event will feature a talk from a Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, the debut showing of an Education and Awareness Video, and refreshments. The City of London will be on hand to talk about the Barrier Buster project and its benefits to the community.

For more information, please contact:
Lawrence Durham at lawrenceadurham@gmail.com