Awards and Rewards

Congratulations!

UPDATE: October is National Disability Month, and this year’s theme is just that: Expect, Employ, Empower. Read more about the Award Ceremony and meet the day’s winners, here.  

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, left, with Mayor’s Award recipients Thomas Kaufmann of Otojoy; Mary Tremel of DuPont and David Asbell of the Lobero Theatre. (Mayor’s Organizing Committee photo)

The Lobero Theatre has won a Design & Accessibility award from the Mayor’s office in honor of the work undertaken to improve the theatre’s access to patrons with disabilities, including the installation of  hearing loop technology, creating an accessible path of travel with a level gathering space, enlarging and improving the restrooms, the installation of a wheelchair lift to the stage and the new seat map with eight wheelchair spaces in a variety of locations.

The Mayor’s office states, “The Design/Accessibility Award will be presented to a person or entity that has developed innovative and creative solutions for accessible structures, buildings or services, or provided accommodations to create equal and aesthetic access. This year’s award goes to the Lobero Theatre, for their two-and-a-half-year renovation to improve their accessibility. Executive Director David Asbell will accept the award.”

On behalf of the Lobero Theatre Foundation, I can say that we are thrilled to be a community resource that is welcoming and accessible to all of our patrons. This is a very rewarding accolade and one that means a great deal to us.

“Hearing loop user Jim Glass had this to say, “I just wanted to reiterate how terrific the hearing loop installation is at the Lobero…All of a sudden, when David [Crosby] hit the first note, I literally couldn’t believe my ears! I heard the pick against the guitar strings, his swallowing before the next verse – the depth of the sound was truly overwhelming.”

Lobero Theatre Foundation Board President Jeff DeVine commented, “The Lobero owes a debt of gratitude to so many: to our very generous patrons and the people who faithfully attend Lobero shows; and to our staff and Board of Directors who serve with compassion and an inspiring sense of responsibility; our tireless Campaign Chair Jim Morouse; and also to the experts who helped us preserve historic and architectural integrity while enhancing performance and audience comfort aspects so the theater remains viable. We extend our heartfelt thanks.”

You can learn more about Hearing Loop here, but the best way to experience the upgrades to the theatre is to come and see a show.