Intersection / Intervention Disability In Museums a professional development workshop for museum professionals
Date & Time
May 23 | 9AM–12PM, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted
Fee: $20, cash or check paid at the door. Students $5. Breakfast will be provided.
How do museums function as unique spaces to reframe and expand conversations about disability? Likewise, how can Disability Studies and the disability rights movement offer insight for reimagining, improving and expanding the core functions of museums? The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC invite you to attend intersection / intervention to examine museums through a lens of disability, opening complex connections between disability and other subjects. This workshop is organized in conjunction with Bodies of Work, a disability arts and culture festival taking place from May 15 – 25, 2013.
Workshop attendees will hear presentations about several projects taking place in museums throughout the city. A “think tank” panel comprised of activists, scholars, artists, and cultural practitioners will then offer feedback using a disability framework, which may include issues of representation, intersectionality, politics, identity and more. We will examine practical and theoretical considerations beyond accessibility, even as we acknowledge that many museums fail in providing the most basic accommodations. We seek to create a creative, honest and constructive space for exchange and inquiry.
Confirmed “Think Tank” Panelists include:
Carrie Sandahl,PhD Theatre and Performance Studies, Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Sandie Yi, MA, MFA, Artist, Ph D student in Disability Studies at UIC, www.cripcouture.org/
Christine Sun Kim, Performance artist, 2013 TED Fellow, http://christinesunkim.com/
Lynn Walsh, Manager of Guest Access and Inclusion, Chicago Children's Museum
Christena Gunther, Cultural Accessibility Consultant
More to come!
Would you like to invite feedback about a project at your museum? Please send a page of text and relevant additional images about a project you are working on and briefly explain how you or your institution hopes to benefit from this program. If your project is accepted, a longer description will be requested for panelists to review in advance of the program. The project does not need to be specifically about disability-related themes to be considered. Projects in planning or early implementation phases will receive special consideration. Applications will be reviewed for their potential to shed light on how the lens of disability can reframe, improve and expand museum practices in diverse ways. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com by May 10, 2013.
This event is ADA accessible. If you need additional accommodations, please call 312.413.5353.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.