Every two years, Art Education for the Blind and The Metropolitan Museum of Art organize an international conference of educators, museum personnel, and researchers to explore the latest developments in the field of multimodal approaches to learning.
- 2012 Multimodal Approaches to Learning Conference is scheduled for October 26 to 28. Read conference review in the Senses Society Journal.
- 2009 “Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning” conference program, abstracts, bios. This conference was cosponsored by Art Education for the Blind, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- 2007 “Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication” conference program, abstracts, bios. This conference was cosponsored by Art Education for the Blind, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Teachers College, Columbia University.
- 2005 “Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning” conference program, abstracts, bios. This conference was cosponsored by Art Education for the Blind, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum Access Consortium (MAC).
- Sister Conference – In Touch with Art at the V & A in London.
The conference addresses inclusive and multisensory learning environments and strategies, particularly in relation to the arts and museums. Our discussions will focus on experiences that involve sound, touch, movement, drama, olfactory and modes of proprioceptive learning. Multimodal learning and creative experiences are meaningful to all audiences including people with disabilities and people with different learning preferences.
Since 2005 this conference has become a forum for cross-disciplinary creative thinking and the exchange of ideas. We will continue to foster dialogue between such diverse disciplines as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education, museum studies, disability and cultural studies, technology, architecture, product design, and media art. Conference participants and organizers aim to define a framework for engaging diverse audiences through multimodal experiences, and identify new trends and innovation in learning and museum practice.
The trademark of this conference has been its diverse cross-disciplinary audience that includes: Museum staff, art educators, teaching artists, special education teachers, therapists, new media artists, researchers, computer engineers and technology specialists, Universal Design advocates, architects, exhibit, and product designers, and graduate students.