Nominations Are Open for New Members of MAC’s Steering Committee

 

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Museum Access Consortium seeks new members for its Steering Committee. You are welcome to either nominate yourself, a colleague, or friend for a Steering Committee position between now and February 15th, 2015.  This is an unpaid, volunteer position. The Museum Access Consortium (MAC) is a volunteer-based association based in New York City that strives to enable people with disabilities to access cultural facilities of all types.

 

What is the role of the MAC Steering Committee?

The MAC Steering Committee is composed of volunteer representatives from cultural institutions and/or from the disability community, who are responsible for: 1) guiding the vision and strategic planning of the association; 2) developing and implementing educational workshops; 3) fostering connections between the disability and museum communities; 4) building MAC membership and participation; and 5) advocating for the advancement of universal access at cultural facilities, including performing arts venues, botanical gardens, zoos, libraries, museums, historic houses, parks, and more. To view a list of current steering committee members, please visit MAC’s About Page.

Steering Committee Member Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Attend majority of MAC Steering Committee monthly meetings and strategic planning meetings, occurring in New York City.
  • Attend workshops hosted by MAC.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of at least two MAC workshops per year.
  • Contribute to the development of content for distribution via the website, MAC newsletter, and social media outlets, as well as presentations at conferences on behalf of MAC.
  • Serve a two-year term.

Steering Committee Member Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have professional and/or personal experience with disability and accessibility at cultural institutions.  MAC values the experiences of people who have disabilities; Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to nominate themselves or to be nominated by colleagues.
  • Are interested in educating and advocating for universal access at cultural institutions, including all people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Have knowledge of and connected to disability communities broadly.
  • Are able to plan and host workshops.
  • Are team players and able to work in a cooperative fashion, but who are also self-starters.
  • Have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

 

Nomination Process:

To make a nomination, please send an email to museumaccess@gmail.com and include the name of the person you would like to nominate, his/her/your contact information, and a brief statement on why you feel this person would make a significant contribution as a MAC Steering Committee member.

All nominees will receive notification from the MAC Steering Committee by February 28th and will be invited to participate in an application process for open positions. The application process includes a short written application, due by March 15th.  Selections will be announced in the spring of 2015.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact museumaccess@gmail.com.