Life Happens on a Stage


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You can help us purchase an accessible stage lift for the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center. Performers, participants – even people accepting an honor or award are unable to access the stage currently. A ramp is out of the question as it would take up too much room. A portable stage lift can be used in the theater and loaned out to special events like Rendezvous in the Park or Artwalk, so their stages can be ADA compliant. The need for direct stage access has been a long time coming.

  • Important life events happen on a stage like graduations, weddings, and award ceremonies
  • Audience participation where people are asked to the stage for comedy or magic shows should not have a barrier of stairs
  • Entertainers who use wheelchairs are unable to perform on inaccessible stages
  • The Kenworthy and other events are run by non-profits who don’t benefit from tax incentives for becoming accessible

“Life Happens on a Stage” campaign starts October 1 and ends March 27 on World Theater Day. Becoming fully accessible is important to the theater. Currently we have raised over $5000. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000. Any funds raised over $30,000 will be allocated to other ADA accessibility projects at the Kenworthy.

Thank you to those that have donated so far: Stepping Stones, Tom Trail, Moscow Food Co-op, Safari Pearl, Tri-State Outfitters