The history of Artsline
Artsline was founded in 1981 as a Project funded by Capital Radio with the objective of delivering a first class access to the arts service for disabled people within the Greater London and for tourists from within the UK and around the world. Artsline's first Chairman was John Whitney who, 28 years on, is President and continues to give enormous support.
Following the International Year of Disabled People, Artsline grew in the services it provides and in the number of Staff both paid and voluntary. Since 1981 of course there has been a technological revolution which Artsline has embraced by going from being paper based to an online database service with over 1,000 accessible arts and entertainment venues, 10% of which are multi-cultural. It is the intention to increase these number to over 2,000 by the end of 2009 and we are on course to achieve this. However we still maintain a telephone information service for those without access to or the desire to use our database service. Many people still want to talk to a "proper person" rather than press buttons for information and this is an important part of Artsline's service.
Artsline has formed important links with The Society of West End Theatres, The Cinema Owners Association, Shape, Access in London, The Liberty Festival, London Civic Forum etc. In addition we have participated in the last four Open House events and will continue to do so in the future.
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