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The Registration Deadline for Experiments in Exhibition Workshop Approaches

Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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Now's your chance to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the foremost national experts in the field of "inclusion" in museums/community sites/websites/and classrooms--and test out your ideas for inclusion in an upcoming exhibition, festival, web page, or community engagement activity. Registration for this workshop--the third in our "Experiments in Exhibition" series, is open until September 15. This is one of the activities sponsored and supported by the AFS Board's Cultural Diversity Committee this year and is really a  rare professional development treat. Information about the workshop is below: 

Experiments in Exhibition: Moving Beyond (Dis)ability Accommodation with Universal Design

Are you planning an exhibition or public program? Join us for the third annual Experiments in Exhibition Workshop to learn more about designing for everyone, not through special add-ons, but through fully integrated methods of inclusion.

This year's Workshop, organized in collaboration with HistoryMiami Museum, explores the philosophy, principles, and techniques of Universal Design to ask how folklorists can move beyond "compliance" or "accommodation" in exhibition and public program development toward holistic inclusiveness, regardless of one's (dis)ability, age, or background. Using HistoryMiami's Folklife Gallery, Valerie Fletcher (Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design) will lead participants through hands-on activities, revealing methods that avoid marginalizing or stigmatizing and embody the Institute's core belief that "variation in human ability is ordinary, not special, and affects most of us for some part of our lives." 

Valerie Fletcher has a masters degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University and has been Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design, a nonprofit based in Boston, since 1998. Her team has worked with dozens and dozens of major museums around the world, as well as performing arts centers, organizations, etc. A couple of their current clients are:

New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 1996 with funding through 2016; National Endowment for the Arts project (2012-2015) to create a comprehensive web resource on accessibility and universal design for public and private cultural administrators that will become part of the NEA website; State Department Peer-to- Peer initiative to build capacity for inclusive design in Russia (2013-2015).

To learn more about the Institute for Human Centered Design, visit the website at

Link to registration page:

Registration closes in just one week. 


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