Crash Course

Telephone Conference Crash Course

Eleventh Annual Art Beyond Sight
Monday, October 28, 2013

(Note: All times given are Eastern Daylight Time.)

Number to call: (712) 432-0220; Conference code: 232-2013

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Welcome, Elisabeth Axel, President and Founder, Art Beyond Sight  and Cynthia Overton, Principal Research Analyst, Workforce Program, American Institutes for Research

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: International Forum: Tactile Images
Moderator: Art Beyond Sight
Speakers: Aymeric Vildieu, Alain Mikli International; Annette Lee-Esparaz, Touch the Artist Vision; Santiago Gonzalez D’Ambrosio, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Johanna Contreras, Royal Ontario Museum
Images for the Tactile Graphics Roundtable

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Educator Roundtable: What makes a successful educator?
Moderator: Marcus Weisen, International Expert, Heritage and Museums Accessibility
Speakers: Amanda Blake, Dallas Museum of Art; Francesca Rosenberg, The Museum of Modern Art; Deborah Jaffe, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Maribeth Flynn, Independent Consultant

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Morning Reflections

NOON–1:00 p.m.: Docent and Volunteer Roundtable: How to be effective when leading accessible tours?
Moderator: , Art Beyond Sight
Participating Docents: Jean Felsted, Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University; Donnie Willburn, Seattle Museum of Art; Georgina McGarvey and Alan Frugoni, Grounds for Sculpture; John Nordloh, Field Museum, Chicago; Marian Pellengill, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Maria Wilson, Brooklyn Museum

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Mobility Devices in Museums and Performing Art Centers
Moderator: Beth Zierbart, Smithsonian Institute
Speakers: Gary Talbot, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Kleo King, United Spinal Association; Gordon Sasaki, The Museum of Modern Art; Christopher Noel, NYC Parks and Recreations

2:00 –3:00 p.m.: Museum Roundtable: Managing Docents and Volunteers, Handling Difficult Situations
Moderator: Hannah Goodwin, Museum of fine Arts Boston
Speakers: Catie Anderson, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Rebecca Bradley, San Francisco Fine Arts Museum; Frank Vagnone, Historic House Trust of New York City

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Graduate Students and Interns Roundtable: How to Optimize the Internship Experience? Perspectives from Graduate Students and Access Coordinators
Moderator: Kym S. Rice, The George Washington University
Speakers: Sally McCance, Denver Art Museum; Lucas Livingston, Art Institute of Chicago; Krista Flores, Smithsonian Institution
Grad Students: Kris Johnson, Gabrielle Buzgo, Patrick Dickerson  

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Reflections and Suggestions of Topics for Future Teleconferences

Notes: (1) Each session features 15 minutes for Q&A/discussion at the end of the hour. (2) You can find an updated program online at:


NYCulture LogoArt Beyond Sight and this telephone crash course conference are supported in part by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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