Thursday, September 17, 2009

Conference on teaching art to the blind/visually impaired

I"m not sure how I got on the mailing list for this event, but man, I wish I could go. It sounds very cool. Since many readers are interested in topics concerning low vision/blindness etc. I thought perhaps someone would be interested. If you go, you HAVE to let me know about it.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Metropolitan Museum of Art not CCVIP. Please pass this on.

Thank you for your support.

Lisa F. Saunders
Marketing Assistant, CCVIP

From: Gunther, Christena []
Subject: Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference at The Met Museum, Oct. 16 and 17

Time is running out to register for the Art Beyond Sight Conference on October 16 and 17 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Register today! Special student rates and student group rates are available.

Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning An International Conference

October 16 and 17, 2009

Co-sponsored by Art Education for the Blind & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1000 Fifth Avenue , New York City

This conference will address the challenges faced by educators, artists, museum professionals, architects and designers to create learning opportunities and inclusive learning environments that better serve all audiences, and meet the needs of learners with sensory impairment or those who use different learning styles.

The conference will showcase best practices in classroom and museum education, as well as pioneering approaches to learning, exhibition and program design. The multidisciplinary plenary sessions that are a trademark of the Art Beyond Sight conferences will feature art historians, anthropologists, curators, neuroscientists, new media and Universal Design experts, architects and educators, who will present their diverse perspectives on disability, the senses, art and education. In addition to plenary sessions, concurrent sessions will include discussions and thought-provoking cross-disciplinary dialog focused on issues of education program design, product design, new technology and the senses, museums and learning environments in the 21st century, among other topics.

Schedule Highlights Available:
Speakers include: David Howes, Concordia University; Constance Classen, Concordia University; Pawan Sinha, MIT Harvard; Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MIT Harvard; Barbara Tversky, Teachers College/Columbia University; Lotfi Merabet, MIT Harvard; Richard Sandell, University of Leicester; Georgina Kleege, University of California, Berkeley; Gordon Legge, University of Minnesota; Madalina Diaconu, University of Vienna (Austria); Patrick Devlieger, University of Leuven (Belgium); Carlos MourĂ£o Pereira, architect (Portugal); Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human Centered Design (MA)

There will also be Poster sessions during the conference and optional events and museum tours on Sunday, October 18.

Registration: The official registration form and additional information is posted on If you wish to have the form emailed to you, send your name and email address to:; with "October Conference" in the subject line.

Conference Fees:
Full conference (2 days) *
$200 ($130 for students/ID required)

One-day attendance *
$100 ($65 for students/ID required)

Student Group Rate (8 or more students) * Full Conference (2 days): $110 One day: $55

*Please note: People who register after September 13, 2009, may be asked to sit in an overflow room during plenary sessions. The talks will be broadcast in real time, and audience members will be able to participate in the discussions.

Access Coordination
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue New York , NY 10028
Voice: 212.650.2010
TTY: 212.570.3828
Conference information:

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