Forwarding Accessibility via Collective Community Networks

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
274 America's Center
Description
Local and regional accessibility consortiums are critical to improving inclusion at cultural organizations. By creating networks across cultural organizations, these groups can share resources, provide professional development training and observation opportunities, and collaborate on projects that greatly enhance accessibility in their communities. Leaders from networks in Arizona, the Bay Area, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York City will share the successes and challenges they faced when organizing their groups. Learn how these networks created real and measured change for both people with disabilities and the culture of their organizations.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how to start an access group in your area.
  2. Learn how and why these networks are important in advancing local and regional accessibility.
  3. Learn how to manage engaging with multiple organizations and individuals.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Cecile Puretz
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Access and Community Engagement Manager
Organization: 
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Bio
Cecile Puretz is the Access and Community Engagement Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. She manages programs, resources, and events for underserved community groups, including those with disabilities. Committed to accessibility in the arts, she co-founded the Bay Area Arts Access Collective. She holds a B.A. in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a M.A. in Education (minor in Creative Arts Therapies) from Concordia University.
Presenter: 
Christena Gunther
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Tour Operations and Guest Experience
Organization: 
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Bio
Christena Gunther is the Founder and Co-Chair of Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) and Manager of Public Programs at Chicago Architecture Foundation. Previous work in accessibility was at the Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from NYU. Along with her CCAC co-chairs, she received the Kennedy Center's 2015 LEAD Emerging Leader Award and Raymond R. Snyder 2016 Commitment to the Arts Award.
Presenter: 
Eileen Bagnall
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Bio
Eileen Bagnall is the Executive Director of ARTabilityAZ, the state organization for arts and disability. Ms. Bagnall conducts trainings in Arizona in the areas of disability awareness and accessibility programming. She has participated on panels in Arizona and nationally on the topic of arts access. She has a BA from the university of Arizona in Arts Management with an emphasis on theatre and art history.
Presenter: 
Kris Johnson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Bio
Kris Johnson is the Director of the Indiana Deaf History Museum. She holds a M.A. degree in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her specializations are accessibility, inclusion advocacy, and museum administration. She is the founder of Access Indy which provides professional development, networking, and consultations to museum professionals seeking to enhance access and inclusion at their organizations.
Presenter: 
Sheri Levinsky-Raskin
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Assistant Vice President, Education & Evaluation
Organization: 
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Bio
Sheri Levinsky-Raskin is the Assistant Vice President of Education and Evaluation at the Intrepid Museum in NYC. Committed to high quality and accessible museum experiences, she serves on committees for the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) and the Education Committee (EdCom), a Professional Network of AAM. She holds a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University, and a M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University.