On Thursday, October 3rd, RiverBrink Art Museum marks the completion of Phase One of the Riverbrink Accessibility Plan, by celebrating its new status as wheelchair accessible, the first phase of extending our Museum experience for all visitors. For the first time in its 30 year history, the museum’s main floor and its exhibitions are completely accessible to those with mobility issues. This has been achieved through the construction of accessibility ramp, automatic door entry and widened doorways. In addition, RiverBrink has employed the use of technology to create a touch screen, viewing station that allows for electronic accessibility to exhibitions in galleries on the upper and lower levels. The viewing station will be premiered to the public at this event.
The Celebration begins at with the arrival of guests at 1:00 pm. A short programme featuring Linda Fritz, Past President of The Weir Foundation and Linda Crabtree, C.M., O.Ont., O.M.C., B.A., LL.D.(hon.), Accessibility Advocate is slated to begin at 1:30. A tour of the projects, the premiere of the viewing station and refreshments will follow immediately thereafter.
Built during the 1960s, RiverBrink Art Museum needed a retrofit to become accessible to all. To achieve this purpose as quickly and efficiently as possible, complete accessibility to all three floors of the museum was divided into three phases:
Phase One – construction of a ramp and landing pad complemented by concrete parking pad for offloading wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Automatic door through side entrance. Door widening from reception into main exhibition spaces on main floor. Electronic accessibility through technology to enable all visitors accessibility to entire collection and to view exhibitions on upper and lower floors.
Phase Two – design and retrofit of main level bathroom to full accessibility standards.
Phase Three – installation of an elevator which would allow physical accessibility to all three floors.
RiverBrink is grateful to the many volunteers and individual donors, without whom this project would not have been made possible. Funding for Phase One of the project began in earnest in autumn 2011, when a gala organized by volunteers raised $7,000 in private donations to start the RiverBrink Accessibility Fund. Additional private funds were raised through 2012 by grant applications, donations, raffle, draws and a generous private donation by an anonymous source.
RiverBrink would like to acknowledge and thank the following funders who have generously provided financial support: