WORKSHOP: In Theory and Practice: Accessible Cultural Education

WHEN: Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

WHERE: Room 9206-9207
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Accessibility in education is practiced regularly in cultural institutions across New York and continues to be a burgeoning field within higher education scholarship. The goal of this workshop, co-organized by the Museum Access Consortium and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is to bring together knowledge from this field in theory and practice in order to cultivate dialogue among colleagues. In this workshop, scholars and practitioners of accessible education meet to discuss and share information on the state of the field in academia and in practice at cultural institutions across New York. Scholars and practitioners will co-present on findings and new ideas in accessible programming for audiences with a wide range of abilities and disabilities, followed by a facilitated audience conversation.

Scholar/Practitioner Pairs:

Annie Leist (Art Beyond Sight and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Vida Sabbaghi (COPE NYC) to discuss working with artists with disabilities.

Cynthia Vandenbosch (Turnstile Tours) and Mariette Bates (CUNY School of Professional Studies), to discuss designing courses and trainings about working with people with disabilities.

JW Guido (New York Deaf Theater) and Sara Morgulis (New York City Children’s Theater) to discuss theater programs by and for individuals with different types of disabilities.
These dialogues will generate new areas for collaboration and also serve as inspiration for others working in disability and accessibility theory  and practice to bridge their institutional silos. All are welcomed to join in a robust Q and A and enjoy opportunities to network with others working in disability studies and accessibility at CUNY and at cultural institutions city-wide.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We strive to welcome all participants and to be as accessible as possible. This event is hosted in a wheelchair accessible location, equipped with a hearing loop. ASL Interpretation is available upon request. Please send requests for accommodations to

TO REGISTER: Online or call 212 875 5374.