About MAC

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Following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) was formed by a small group of museum and disability professionals that started meeting informally to discuss topics related to accessibility at their New York-based institutions. Today, MAC is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.

Professional Development Workshops

MAC regularly organizes workshops and events that address topics ranging from, “Welcoming People with Alzheimer’s Disease to Your Museum,” to “Perspectives on Autism: Art and Access,” to “Revised ADA Regulations.”  To learn more about our upcoming workshops, please visit the News and Events section of this website. In efforts to share what we learn, we are currently developing a Resources section so that colleagues may use recordings, transcripts, guidelines, and best practices at their own respective cultural organizations. Attendees at workshops include clinicians, exhibit designers, individuals with disabilities and their family members, and professionals from a broad range of institutions, from art and science museums to historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, performance spaces, museum studies programs, service providers, advocacy organizations, and more. By linking together accessibility personnel from cultural institutions and disability advocates and their communities, MAC helps to address the isolation staff may experience at their home institutions and seeks to respond to and engage museum professionals at all levels. Learn more about how you can get involved to participate in our efforts at MAC!

MAC's Steering Committee

The steering committee of the Museum Access Consortium is composed of leaders from the cultural and disability communities and provides oversight of the association’s activities, including professional development workshops, technical assistance to cultural institutions, and the development of public resources related to cultural accessibility. The MAC Steering Committee meets monthly and all members are required to participate in the development and implementation of workshops.

Steering Committee Members

  • Miranda Appelbaum, Chair

    Assistant Director, Accessibility and Guest Services, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Vice Chair

    Assistant Vice President of Education, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Barbara Johnson Stemler, Administrative Secretary

    Manager of Access Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Ansel Lurio, Communications Chair

    Manager - Program for Children with Disabilities, Historic House Trust of New York City

  • Annie Leist, Member At Large

    Special Projects Lead, Art Beyond Sight and Museum Educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Member At Large

    Curator of Exhibitions, New York Public Library

  • Beth Prevor, Member At Large

    Founder/President, Hands-On

  • Cindy VandenBosch, Member At Large

    Museum accessibility consultant and Founder, Turnstile Tours

  • Constance Stienon, Member At Large

    Artist

  • Ellen Rubin, Former Member At Large

    Accessibility Consultant

  • Francesca Rosenberg, Member At Large

    Community, Access, and School Programs Director, Museum of Modern Art

  • Lyndsey Anderson, Member At Large

    New York Volunteer Manager, America Needs You

  • Michelle Gorenstein-Holtzman, Member At Large

    Assistant Professor, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment

  • Michelle Lopez, Member At Large

    Director of Community Programs, Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Ruth Bernstein, Member At Large

    Board Member, Hearing Loss Association of America, New York City Chapter

  • Samantha Schott, Member At Large

    Education Programs Coordinator, El Museo del Barrio

  • Meredith Gregory, Member At Large

    Special Education and Access Coordinator, New York Transit Museum

  • Ellysheva Zeira, Member At Large

    Education Associate for Access, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

  • Maya Jeffereis, Member at Large

    Public Engagement Associate, Adult and Access Programs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Mitra Dejkameh, Member At Large

    Manager, ArtAccess Programs and Autism Initiatives, Queens Museum

  • Aliza Greenberg, Supporting Transitions Project Leader

  • Danielle Linzer, Former Chair

    Director of Access and Community Programs, Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Georgia Krantz, Former Member At Large

    Freelance Educator and Consultant

  • Jessica Jones, Former Member At Large

    Educator, Lavelle School for the Blind

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