April 19, 2016 at Root Division in San Francisco.
Topic: Museums and cultural institutions are invited to learn about models for making their facilities, programs, and exhibitions more accessible to visitors who are blind or have low–vision. A panel of experts will share best practices, creative solutions, and accessible technologies, prompting us to imagine new ways of creating access through universal design. Following the panel discussion, join us for an Accessible Technology Expo, where participants can get hands-on practice with accessible technologies – high and low tech.
By attending, you will learn more about the following:
-Overview of creative strategies for creating accessible services (audio description, verbal description tours, tactile and acoustic experiences)
-Overview of accessible technology (including GPS activated audio tours, maps and diagrams accessible through sound and touch)
-Disability etiquette tips for working with visitors who are blind or have low–vision
Georgina Kleege, Faculty in the Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
Georgina Georgina Kleege teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent books include: Sight Unseen (1999) and Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller (2006). Kleege’s latest book, More than Meets the Eyes, (forthcoming in 2017) is concerned with blindness and visual art: how blindness is represented in art, how blindness affects the lives of visual artists, how museums can make visual art accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. She has lectured and served as consultant to art institutions around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.
BJ Dietz Epstein, Accessible Media Specialist, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
BJ Dietz Epstein plays an integral role in developing accessible media at Lighthouse for the Blind, including the Accessible BART Station Map Project as well as the Accessible Muni Metro Station Map Project. She also supports LightHouse staff in creating Braille, audio recordings, e-text, Tactile Maps and Graphics and providing Accessibility Consultation to businesses, government agencies, museums, exhibitors and designers with a focus on making their information accessible. BJ has a Masters in Architecture from Iowa State University and a minor in Accessibility.
Christine Murray, Senior Content Designer, Antenna International
Christine Murray has been creating innovative, award-winning tours and mobile apps for museums and cultural institutions for over 20 years. Her work has appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMOMA, and Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, to name a few. Over the past several years, Christine has specialized in digital media solutions for Access audiences, helping to create independent mobile experiences for visitors to Alcatraz, the USS Midway, the Vatican Museums in Rome, the Seattle Art Museum, and most recently, SFMOMA. In 2014, her ASL and Visual Descriptive productions for the USS Midway were recognized with a MUSE Award for ‘setting the standard for accessible tours.’
Alice Wingwall, Photographer
Alice Wingwall is a local Bay Area photographer who is blind. Her photographic work is featured in the exhibition Sight Unseen, mounted by the California Museum of Photography in Riverside and now touring various cities internationally, including Washington D.C. and Mexico City and was also a part of the show Blind at the Museum, organized by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Alice Wingwall works with the juxtaposition of images. In her photographs, photomurals, sculpture, site-specific installations and film, she brings together compositional elements, memories and associations. The spatial arrangements, evocative prints and words that she creates have a very distinctive presence.
Accessible Technology Expo Table featuring a range of accessible technologies.
Tactile Art Studio: a hands-on art workshop hosted by Root Division.
Accessibility: The event space is accessible to wheelchair users. To request additional accommodations, please email email@example.com. Please place your request at least 2 weeks in advance. CART Captioning will be available. A transcript of the program will be posted for participants and those unable to attend.
Parking:There are several public fee lots near 7th and Mission, and at 5th and Mission across from the Westfield Shopping Center. Ample metered spaces are available on Mission and 7th streets and are free after 6 PM.
Transportation: Root Division is located 2 blocks from the Civic Center BART station and close to many other public transportation lines (14 Mission).