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

  • Constance Stienon, Co-Chair

    Artist

  • Lara Schweller, Co-Chair

    Coordinator, Community and Access Programs, The Museum of Modern Art

  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Vice Chair

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

  • Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Treasurer/Financial Manager

    Consultant, Exhibition Development and Museums

  • Michelle Gorenstein-Holtzman, Membership Chair

    Assistant Professor, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment

  • Meredith Gregory, Archives Secretary

    Special Education and Access Coordinator, New York Transit Museum

  • Ansel Lurio, Communications Chair

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

  • Ellysheva Zeira, Administrative Secretary

    Education Associate for Access, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

  • Lyndsey Anderson, Member At Large

    New York Volunteer Manager, America Needs You

  • Miranda Appelbaum, Member At Large

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

  • Ruth Bernstein, Member At Large

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

  • Alisa Besher, Member at Large

    Artist Educator, Dia Art Foundation

  • Mitra Dejkameh, Member At Large

    Manager, ArtAccess Programs and Autism Initiatives, Queens Museum

  • Barbara Johnson Stemler, Member At Large

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

  • Annie Leist, Member At Large

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

  • Heather Levine, Member at Large

  • Sara Morgulis, Member at Large

    Associate Director of Education, New York City Children's Theater

  • Beth Prevor, Member At Large

    Founder/President, Hands-On

  • Emmanuel von Schack, Member At Large

    Coordinator of Access Programs, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

  • Samantha Schott, Member At Large

    Assistant Manager of Gallery Programs, The Jewish Museum

  • Morgan Spatola, Member At Large

    Employment Coordinator, Birch Family Services

  • Meredith Wong, Member at Large

    Manager, connect2culture, CaringKind

  • Madison Zalopany, Member at Large

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

  • Aliza Greenberg, Supporting Transitions Project Leader

  • Alison Mahoney, Supporting Transitions Project Manager

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