Awards, Recognition, + Endorsements

“Through extensive strategic planning and inclusion training over the course of the past two years, Local First of West Michigan made inclusivity and access our top priority in 2017. DisArt reached out as we were planning our largest event of the year, the Street Party – which typically draws over 15,000 community members, and the partnership took off immediately. Our entire staff met with Jill and Chris right away, to discuss our desire to make the Street Party more inclusive for people with mobility, physical, and mental limitations. The plan that the DisArt team laid out was a comprehensive one, with steps that we could take to work towards our goals while staying within our budget and remaining authentic to the mission of the organization and the event. Both Jill and Chris visited during the event hours to experience the changes we had made, and provided us with thoughtful, constructive feedback for continued improvement. Since that first event, Local First consults with DisArt for each community event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership and doing our small part to make West Michigan a more welcoming community for our neighbors with disabilities.”

Hanna Schulze
Program and Fund Development Manager
Local First West Michigan