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Museum Study Project
Disability Inclusion Curriculum Infusion Pilot Project
2015 National Federation of the Blind Convention Project
Staff or Docents
ABS Multi-sensory Museum Project
ABS Summer Experience for Teens and College Students Project
25th Year Anniversary Project
ADA Celebratory Activities Project
Graduate Museum Studies Student

 

Museum Study Project

This study will focus on science museums and will build on what has

been learned during ABS’s current ABS/Museum of Science Museum

Accessibility Study. By joining this Resource Board you would be

sharing your expertise in museum accessibility best practices and

resources. As a participant, your institution would be listed as a

Resource Board member. You and your colleagues would be invited

to share your expertise through one of two private listservs, (staff or

docents) with similar teams from the participating science museums

and the other ABS Museum Study participants.

 

Disability Inclusion Curriculum Infusion Pilot Project

Seeking to address issues of inclusion within the curricula of museum studies

graduate programs, this pilot project will provide resources and activities

for instructors to include in their course curricula and for students to use as

part of their learning experience. It will be available to all on the ABS website.

By joining the Resource Committee, you would submit what you feel are

your institution’s best practices, have your contributions acknowledged on

the project’s website and provide valuable feedback on the best disability

inclusion resources and learning tools. If you are willing, we would also

appreciate your contribution, by speaking with graduate students on webinars, and

hosting graduate student interns who care about inclusive practices.

2015 National Federation of the Blind Convention Project

Art Beyond Sight is collaborating with the National Federation of the Blind

in celebration of NFB’s 75th anniversary, which is scheduled to be held

during the first week of July 2015 and is anticipated to draw more than 1,200

attendees who are blind. This multi-faceted event commemorates

NFB’s 75th anniversary in Orlando, Florida,in 2015, through

activities that include an exhibition of art by blind artists and a

showcase of tactile artwork from participating art museums, as

well as a virtual and in-person multi-sensory museum created

together by museums from across the country. The National

Federation of the Blind convention brings together more than 1200

blind people, and we will be seeking grants to try to get funding for

museums from the study there.

Staff or Docents

Your institution may participate by contributing works, staff and/or docents

to engage audiences at the Convention. We will be putting together “template”

grant applications for you to send to suggested local offices of national

corporate foundations, as well as try to look for joint funding to help all our

partner museums to join together in this effort.

ABS Multi-sensory Museum Project

Your institution may participate by contributing art works, staff and/or

docents to engage audiences at the Convention. We will be putting together

“template” grant applications for you to send to suggested local offices of

national corporate foundations, as well as try to look for joint funding to help

all of our partner museums to join together in this effort.

ABS Summer Experience for Teens and College Students Project

The Blind on an Art Incubator Summer Program for Teens who

are Advanced in the Arts and for college students who are blind

looking for future employment in museums. The Summer Experience for

Teens and College Students aims to give students who are achieving in the arts the

opportunity to interact with the arts community towards careers as artists or art

professionals and provide valuable feedback for the museum community about the

preferences and ideas of Teens and College Students who enjoy the arts.

25th Year Anniversary Project

July 26th is the 25th anniversary of the ADA. We are coordinating an effort

with several national organizations from the museum community to highlight

museums that welcome everyone, including people with disabilities. We

would invite you to have special activities at your institution, share them with

us, and submit them to a joint calendar.

ADA Celebratory Activities Project

We would provide suggestions, asking you to then pre-record items to be

disseminated on social media in order to help promote the month of July as an

“Everyone’s Welcome, Everywhere” effort.

Graduate Museum Studies Student

These museum studies graduates have taken part in ABS’s Disability Inclusion

project and will thus be a valuable, informed and committed pool of workers,

who can contribute to your organization.

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