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The Universal Participation Network

The UP Network includes the organizations that are a growing cohort of leaders and innovators in the field who serve to inspire other organizations. 

UP Designated organizations have demonstrated a commitment to learn, take action, and embrace inclusivity as a core organizational value and possess organizational behaviors that reflect the aspirations of the UP Program. This means that the organization:

  • Provides training about inclusive culture
  • Engages user/experts to inform decision making and inspire change develop policies and programs
  • Coordinates and integrates a vision of inclusion throughout the entire organization
  • Innovates through creative problem solving

Organizations under the Universal Participation Initiative have received UP Designation directly through application or became ‘Designated’ upon completion of the Innovation and Learning Network (ILN). The Innovation and Learning Network provides organizations the opportunity for experiential, collaborative learning and program development. The EBT Card to Culture is an indicator of community involvement and accessibility and is encouraged alongside Designation. The Innovation Fund is available to organizations with UP Designation.

Based on a model of community practice, the ILN brings together organizations with shared interests and similar challenges to learn from each other over an extended period of time.  As organizations implement their individual plans, they will also contribute to the larger community. 

The following organizations are UP Designated:

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge
ArtsEmerson, Boston
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
The Boston Conservatory, Boston
Boston by Foot, Boston
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston
The Cape Cod Theatre Project, Falmouth
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wellesley
Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington
Danforth Museum, Framingham
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln
The Discovery Museums, Acton
Edith Wharton Restoration, The Mount, Lenox
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
Grub Street, Boston
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Liars & Believers, Cambridge
Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Science, Boston
New Art Center in Newton, Newtonville
Old South Association, Boston
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Open Door Theater, Acton
Our Space Our Place, Boston
Outside the Box, Boston
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston
Paul Revere Memorial Association, Boston
Pioneer Valley Ballet, Easthampton
ReelAbilities Film Festival, Newton
South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
VSA Massachusetts, Boston
Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston 
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford

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