Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at the Speed
At the Speed, our mission is to invite everyone to celebrate art, forever. An important part of inviting everyone is making sure that the Museum is a space in which all members of our community feel welcome and safe. Explore this page to learn more about the Speed’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. As a public institution, we are always learning how to best serve those in our community, with the understanding that the work involved in changing and growing is never finished.
The Speed Art Museum commits to supporting cultural equity for all persons, regardless of ethnicity, race, color, national origin, age, different abilities, religion, marital or parental status, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or socioeconomic status.
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Racial Equity in our Community
We believe that all people can choose to go by the pronouns with which they are most comfortable. As a Museum, we are working to make our space more inclusive and affirming of how everyone wants to be called.
The majority of people use the pronouns “he/him” or “she/her,” but there is a growing population of people who choose to use “they/them” or another pronouns set. People who choose to use different pronouns may do so because they do not wish to use pronouns that imply a specific gender association, or potentially because they are nonbinary and identify as neither exclusively as a man or as a woman.
We find that sharing our pronouns normalizes the interaction, and creates a space in which our guests can feel safe in sharing their own.
All-gender restrooms are available on the second floor of our North Building, right outside the Modern and Contemporary gallery. These restrooms are available during all public and private events as well as during regular Museum hours.
We encourage all guests to use the restroom in which they are most comfortable.
Professional Personal Care Attendants are admitted to the Museum free of charge.
The restrooms located on the second floor of the North Building are lockable and provide more room for guests who require assistance, but all restrooms are ADA compliant.
Thanks in part to a generous donation from Brown-Forman and the support of our members, Museum admission is FREE every Sunday from 12 – 5 pm through 2021.
Through our new Speed for All Membership, the Museum offers income-based admission and family membership benefits for all eligible guests.
As a public institution, the Speed Art Museum is compliant with all regulations put forth by the American with Disabilities Act, and we strive to make our building accessible for those with different abilities.
All restrooms at the Speed are wheelchair accessible, and we have three elevators throughout the galleries for guest use, as well as an elevator within the Speed parking garage, wherein accessible parking is available on every floor.
Should you need one, wheelchairs are available to borrow at Guest Relations.
The Speed has been outfitted with Visual Impairment Beacons with the assistance of Kentucky Printing House for the Blind. Braille and large print appears on all location signage.
Assisted hearing devices are available at Guest Relations for special events and programs as well as for all Speed Cinema screenings.
Service animals, as defined by the ADA, are welcome throughout the Speed. Service animals are required to be housebroken and under the handler’s control while in the Museum.
Museum Maps and Self Guides are available in Spanish at Guest Relations.
Non English-speaking guests can communicate with Guest Relations staff via a phone interpretive service.
Lightweight, portable Docent Stools are located throughout the galleries. Please feel free to carry them with you for seating during your visit.
Benches, chairs, and couches are also available at points throughout the galleries, should you need to rest or reflect.
If you would prefer to use a wheelchair or a cane, they are available to borrow at Guest Relations.
Our Guest Relations and Security staff are happy to direct you to quiet areas of the Museum, should you need them.
There are also complimentary sensory earmuffs for guests to check out at the front desk.
Parents and Children
We welcome children of all ages to the Speed! Please feel free to bring a stroller or to borrow one of ours from Guest Relations. You are encouraged to explore the galleries at your own pace and in the ways that best fit you and your family’s needs.
Young guests will also enjoy Art Sparks, our interactive, hands-on learning gallery for all ages, where the exhibits encourage adults and children alike to connect with art and each other!
Parents are welcome to breastfeed in all public spaces throughout the Museum.
Should you prefer more privacy, both a curtained area of the women’s restroom and a private lactation room for breast or bottle-feeding parents are available in the Satterwhite Hallway on the First Floor, next to the African Gallery.
Our lactation room is lockable and contains a fully equipped changing station, an arm chair for nursing, and a refrigerator for bottled milk.
Changing stations are located in both first floor bathrooms as well as the lower level bathroom next to Art Sparks.