Carly Newhouse (she/her/hers and they/them/theirs) has been working at Arts Midwest since 2018 and is a Program & Accessibility Manager. She previously supported the annual Arts Midwest Conference. Before that, she worked in event coordination at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and youth arts education at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin.
At Arts Midwest, Carly spends her days exploring ways to cumulatively increase accessibility in the arts. They facilitate an internal access working group and oversee the implementation of Arts Midwest’s Commitment to Accessibility, as well as support and collaborate with State Arts Agencies and advocates across the region in accessibility efforts. They also work closely with the programs team to align and implement our program portfolio, and love supporting the connectivity and great work that happens within program communities.
She previously co-facilitated the Community Creativity Cohort and Arts & Social Justice conversations, and now supports World Fest and communications. Across these roles she draws on what she’s learned from disability community conversations, active learning through conversation and professional development, using six years of skills in arts administration and project management, volunteering with the Minnesota Access Alliance, and embracing versatility.
A couple of Arts Midwest resources Carly supported and loves to share include:
- Two Accessibility Resources Designed for Your Organization
- Not Just Any Kitchen: Sharing Knowledge at Sitting Bull Visitor Center by Helene Pfaendtner
The most common questions Carly gets asked about her work are:
What does an accessibility coordinator do?
At its core, an accessibility coordinator is the primary person responsible for ensuring that their organization is meeting ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. At Arts Midwest, this also means she collaborates with staff and community to explore how accessibility and the arts intersect, and to increase accessibility awareness through continuous conversation, facilitating professional development, resource sharing, and making improvements to our programs and systems.
A little more about Carly:
Carly’s favorite thing Arts Midwest does is host the Ideas Hub because she’s passionate about making information accessible and transparent, and loves witnessing the connections that sprout from people sharing knowledge and resources. They are excited for Arts Midwest to lean more into this inform space and explore how we can work with our communities to activate ideas beyond a webpage.
Carly has a big soft spot for Midwestern music and loves going to watch Minneapolis based bands like Gully Boys and ahem. She is creatively energized by long reflective walks in nature, being immersed in live music, and weird art of all kinds. When Carly isn’t working, she can be found playing electric bass, collaging, watching movies and leaving silly reviews, and overwhelming cats with attention.
You can connect with Carly on LinkedIn.