Cultural Accessibility for Visitors with Disabilities During and After COVID-19: Two-Day Virtual Panel Discussion
Chicago Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) and the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) are partnering together to offer two panel discussions that will explore:
Day 1: will focus on the Present: how organizations that have reopened during the pandemic (either virtually or in-person) and have prioritized accessibility for guests with disabilities.
DATE: Thursday April 22, 2021 or Friday April 23, 2021; 2:00pm or 3:00pm CT or 3:00pm or 4:00pm ET
Day 2 will focus on the Future: with cultural administrators sharing their plans for "building back better." How the pandemic's impact and lessons learned will impact future planning and programming (e.g., could be planning to incorporate virtual participation or virtual programming more often, allowing work from home to continue).
DATE: Thursday April 29, 2021 or Friday April 30, 2021; 2-3:30pm Eastern
CCAC & MAC seek 2-4 cultural administrators per day to participate in a two-day panel.
Each presenter is asked to share a 10-minute presentation outlining your/ your organization’s either focus on accessibility for in-person or virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic or a 10-minute presentation outlining your organization’s preliminary plan or your personal vision of how the “new normal” after COVID-19 will change or better prioritize accessibility for guests with disabilities.
Presenters will also help answer questions during a brief Q&A after the presentation.
Presenters should be cultural administrators or teaching artists, but they need not necessarily represent organizations. We acknowledge many in the arts sector are currently not employed! Selected presenters will receive a modest honorarium to acknowledge their time and expertise.
If you have questions, please contact Info@ChicagoCulturalAccess.org.
As MAC is composed of access workers from a variety of cultural institutions, we collectively feel the impact on our institutions by COVID-19. For the past 30 years, the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) has impacted the cultural lives of the disability community through connection, education, advocacy, MAC is an association composed of professionals in the fields of disability, art and culture, who facilitate professional development workshops and offer a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocacy and concepts associated with disability. Learn more: MACaccess.org.
About CCAC:Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) believes everyone deserves access to culture - whether the experience is in-person or online. Founded in 2013, CCAC facilitates a dynamic community of cultural administrators and people with disabilities to remove barriers in the Chicago region’s cultural organizations. CCAC is a nonprofit entirely run by passionate volunteers whose mission is to empower Chicago’s cultural spaces to become more accessible to visitors with disabilities. Learn more: ChicagoCulturalAccess.org.
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