NEA Accessibility: Arts in Universal Environments Workshop
The all-day Arts in Universal Environments workshop/intensive took place on June 14, 2000 in Providence, Rhode Island as part of the Designing for the 21st Century II conference. The workshop will bring participants together with a distinguished group of artists and arts professionals to discuss the advantages of universally designed settings for the arts and to explore practical ways to make the arts usable by people of all ages and abilities. Designing for the 21st Century II is the second international conference on universal design sponsored by Adaptive Environments of Boston, Massachusetts.
Arts in Universal Environments will use formal and informal presentations and discussions to offer conceptual guides and practical suggestions on how to incorporate universal design priciples into your own work. Examples will be drawn from small and large institutions. The importance of establishing creative partnerships with the community will be a major theme of the workshop.
Among the presenters will be filmmaker Sharon Greytak; Jerry Beck, director of the Revolving Museum; Deborah Kaplan and Slobodan Paich, collaborators on the Arts Ship project in Oakland, California which is using universal design to convert an early twentieth century ocean liner into a community-based art center; Ann-Ellen Lesser, universal planning consultant formerly of the Millay Colony for the Arts; Janice Majewski, accessibility coordinator of the Smithsonian Institution; John McEwen, director of development at the Paper Mill Playhouse; and Coco Raynes, who uses universal principles in museum exhibit design. The keynote speaker will be Paula Terry, Director of the AccessAbility Office at NEA.
For more information on the Designing for the 21st Century II conference and Arts in Universal Environments workshop, please go to www.adaptenv.org/21century/.
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