Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
400 Harvard Avenue E, #202
Seattle, WA 98102-4951
(206) 323-7190 (Local)

Brief Description

Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is focused on providing access to the arts for blind and visually impaired residents of Washington State. Part of AVIA's mission is to generate program in which blind and visually impaired people get opportunities to learn and exercise their creativity.

Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: 102
Number of staff: 2
Staff description: Executive Director Jesse Minkert manages day-to-day business, designs and operates service programs, publishes AVIANEWS, the AVIA newsletter, and occasionally works as an audio describer for performances. Lynne Compton is an audio describer trained by Jesse Minkert who has provided audio descriptions of live theater performances for several years.
Geographic area served: AVIA's primary service area is the Seattle metropolitan area, with programs that serve people in greater King County. AVIA has developed projects that offered description services in other cities in Washington State.
Publications: AVIANEWS, the AVIA newsletter is published 4-5 times per year in large print, Braille, and email formats. AVIANEWS is also posted on the AVIA Facebook page, Avia Arts Access.


Jesse Minkert, Executive Director, (206) 323-7190,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provide an audio production workshop for blind and visually impaired people of ages above sixteen.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences runs the Audio Description Service, which converts visual information into speech for live performances. AVIA provides Audio Description to ACT Theatre, the Paramount, and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. AVIA also provides access to museums through audio guides and docent training.
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