Diversity | Equity | Accessibility | Inclusion

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The Lowe Art Museum values a broad range of perspectives from our visitors, employees, volunteers, students, faculty, and community. The museum acknowledges that diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are vital to the Lowe’s future viability, relevance, and sustainability. We as an institution continue to create policies and practices that help to eliminate barriers to participation, ensure that our staff and volunteers reflect the diversity we value and the inclusivity to which we aspire.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact the Curator of Education, 305-284-3621 or email: jsypher@miami.edu five days in advance to initiate your request.

TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

 

Defining DEIA (adapted from the Minneapolis Institute of Art)

Diversity: At the Lowe Art Museum, diversity is defined as the characteristics and attributes that make each of us unique at the individual or group level. Diversity has many dimensions, including gender identity and expression, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age; as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences, skills, thoughts, perspectives, and ideas.  

Equity: Equity involves acknowledging diversity, celebrating what makes us unique, and working together to eliminate barriers that prevent participation of all people and communities. Building equity requires that we seek an understanding of the underlying causes of disparities within our society, and strive to address and overcome them, in order to fulfill our commitment to providing equal opportunities in our employment and other practices.  

Inclusion: While diversity always exists in social systems, inclusion and equity must be fostered. At the Lowe, we need to do this by cultivating an environment where people feel supported and listened to. As a museum with a global collection, it is our mission and responsibility to ensure that our staff, interns, and volunteers demonstrate cultural competence, and that our collections and programming reflect and respond to diverse needs, interests, and cultures of our communities here in Miami and beyond.  

Accessibility: An accessible museum is one that is inclusive of, and makes accommodations for, people with all types of disabilities. At the Lowe, we are committed to creating accessible environments throughout the institution’s physical building and in our practices; and providing the public with physical and intellectual access to the museum and its resources. We believe these commitments strengthen the institution for everyone. 

Services for Visitors with Disabilities 

Everyone’s welcome. The Lowe aims to make its exhibitions and programs accessible to all visitors with the help of the following services and amenities. 

If you have accessibility needs please contact the museum ahead of time and they can assist you with accessible parking locations and other information. General information: 305-284-3535 

Interpreters 

Sign Language interpreters are available to accompany a guided tour of the Museum. We require at least five working days’ advance notice. 

Parking

Visitor drop-off/pick-up is located at the front of the museum. Accessible parking is available at several locations near the museum including in the parking lot adjacent to the museum.

Metered parking is available on Stanford Drive and at Pavia Garage. The University’s parking enforcement hours will be 7-days a week, 8:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. All vehicles must park head-in only, andhave the license plate registered with the university. Visitor’s metered spaces are located at the following locations on a first-come-first-served basis:Pavia and Merrick Garages, Memorial Drive (by Richter Library), the Yellow, Gray and Burgundy color zones.

These locations use PayByPhone for payment, and on-foot pay stationsare available in the general area –visitor’s parking map. Parking Cost: PayByPhone is $1.50/hourly, plus .27 cents transaction fee. Parking session of 5-hours or more converts to all day parking at $8 plus .27 cents transaction fee. On-foot pay stationis $1.50/hourly; no transaction fee.

Wheelchairs 

A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge. Please inquire at the Information Desk upon arrival. The Lowe also welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters.   

Closed Captioning 

Most videos for special exhibitions are closed-captioned.  

Service Animals 

In accordance with titles II and III of the ADA, the Lowe welcomes service dogs only. Service dogs must be housebroken as well as harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual.

With the exception of service animals that meet the federal government’s guidelines for animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), visitors are not permitted to bring animals into the Lowe Art Museum. Visitors may not bring any other animals into the museum, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.

Restrooms 

Fully accessible restrooms are available throughout the museum, as indicated by signs. Please refer to the visitor’s museum map for specific locations.  

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