Exhibition for All: Accessibility in Planning and Development

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
227 America's Center
Description
To make an exhibition truly inclusive for all visitors, accessible design must be a cross-departmental and collaborative effort from the beginning. As a new institution with millions of visitors, the 9/11 Museum's process for integrating accessibility into its exhibitions has evolved through trial and error. Using case studies and a lively group discussion, participants will learn how the museum overcame complications of space, a diversity of exhibition media, and logistical challenges. Participants will discover ideas they can apply in their own organizations.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Work within organizational limitations to meet access goals: budget, staff time, departmental priorities, and resources.
  2. Utilize colleagues' knowledge and expertise as well as lessons learned from previous collaborations.
  3. Ensure that accessibility is integral to all stages of exhibition development, from schematic design to installation.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Alison Koch
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Digital Product Manager, Web & Interactives
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
With experience in education, business management, and event coordination, Alison Hines has over 8 years of experience in project management and leadership. Alison currently works at the 9/11 Memorial Museum as the Assistant Manager of Exhibition Media, where she is responsible for maintaining and moderating over 90 interactive and static media pieces in the Museum. She also makes all media pieces accessible to people with different disabilities.
Presenter: 
Amy Weisser
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director of Exhibitions
Organization: 
Obama Presidential Center
Bio
Amy S. Weisser recently joined The Obama Foundation as the Director of Exhibitions for the Obama Presidential Center. For the past 11 years, she served as SVP for Exhibitions at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Previously, Amy helped open Dia: Beacon and the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center. Amy also teaches in NYU's Museum Studies department.
Presenter: 
Emmanuel von Schack
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Coordinator of Access Programs
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Emmanuel von Schack is the Coordinator of Access Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. As a deaf ASL user who is passionate about museum access, Emmanuel also works as a consultant or educator at different museums in New York and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. He holds a BA in History and European Studies from New York University and an MA in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY.
Presenter: 
Laura Rossi
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Operations & Planning Project Manager
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Laura Leigh Rossi is the Operations & Planning Project Manager for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She works closely with the EVP of Operations and all operational divisions to implement a safe, educational, and beneficial visitor experience. She also assists in handling VIP visits and events. Previously, Laura served as a Visitor Services Supervisor, a role that oversees trainings, scheduling, and other logistics
Presenter: 
Marc Cima
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Chief Technology Officer
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Marc Cima is the Chief Technology Officer for the 9/11 Memorial Museum. In his role, Cima oversees the Museum's audio/visual and multimedia systems, admissions and retail applications, website development, back-of-office administrative systems, and IT infrastructure. Cima previously served as the Manager of Infrastructure and Technical Support at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he oversaw budgeting, IT operations, and regulatory compliance.