Conference Alert: Art Beyond Sight

From H-Museum:

'Tele-conference'? Not come across one of those before. Interesting idea 'though...

Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning, Creativity and

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
September 28-30, 2007

Organized by
Art Education for the Blind and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


Related events:

* A telephone conference with wrap-up discussions from the Art Beyond
Sight conference will be held on October 15, 2007. Participants from around
the world are encouraged to dial in. The phone number and tele-conference
schedule can be found at after July 1, 2007.

* The second part of this two-part international event is titled 'In
Touch With Art: An International Conference on Art, Museums and Visual
Impairment'. It will be held on November 28 and 29, 2007, at the Victoria &
Albert Museum in London.

Friday, September 28, 2007

10:00 - 10:20 Welcome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art Education for the Blind
Wahid Khan, UNESCO Assistant Director General, Information and Communication

10.20 -11:00 Keynote Speaker:
Stephen Kuusisto, Professor of Creative Writing and Disability Studies, The
University of Iowa

11:00 -1:00 The Senses in Context: Perspectives on the senses from art
history, psychology, neuroscience and art education
Speakers include Charles Spence, Oxford University, and Michael Hanson and
Judith Burton, Teachers College, Columbia University

1:00 - 2:15 Lunch Break

2:15 - 3:30 Multimodal Learning in Different Educational Settings

Concurrent Sessions

Strategies for Museums
Chair: Nina Levent, Art Education for the Blind
Panelists include Jane Samuels, British Museum, London; Waafa el-Saddik, the
Egyptian Museum, Cairo; Sandra Eastwood, Iziko South African National
Gallery, Cape Town; Leena Hannula, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Finland; and
representatives from the Korean Arts & Culture Education Service

Strategies for Libraries
Chair: Marcus Weisen, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, UK
Panelists include Cari Banks, Brooklyn Library; Jenny Nilsson, Swedish
Library for Talking Books and Braille; and William Reed,
Cleveland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Multisensory Approaches to Peace Building and Sustainable Development in
UNESCO Sectors of Culture, Education and Communication (Panelists to be

3:30 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 5:15 Innovative Approaches to Learning and Environments
Concurrent Sessions:

Public Spaces and Multisensory Design
Chair: Matthew Sapolin, NYC Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with
Panelists: Michael Graves, Michael Graves Associates; Valerie Fletcher,
Adaptive Environments; John Zeisel, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care; and Joan M.
McGovern and Chinyere Oguekwe, JPMorgan Chase

Case Studies in Multimodal Approaches in Arts Access
Chair: Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community and Access Programs,
Museum of Modern Art
Panelists: Pam Rogers, Pure Vision Arts/The Shield Institute; and Fran
Prezant, Abilities! (National Center for Disability Services)

The Science Behind the Senses and Creativity: Psychology and Neuroscience
for Educators
Speakers include: John Kennedy, University of Toronto; Linda Pring,
Goldsmith College/University of London; Charles Spence, Oxford University

5.30 - 6.00 Closing Remarks

Saturday, September 29, 2007

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speakers on Neuroscience Research/Theory

11:00 - 1:00 Neuroscience and Psychology: The senses and the brain
Speakers include Alvaro Pascual Leone and Lotfi Merabet, Harvard Medical
Center; Yuri Danilov, University of Wisconsin; Krish Sathian, Emory
University; Helen Neville, University of Oregon; John Kennedy, University of

1:00 - 3:30 Lunch break and Poster Sessions

3:30 - 4.45 Concurrent Sessions:

Technology and the Senses
Chair: Mandayam A. Srinivasan, MIT Touch Lab Panelists include speakers John
Gardner, ViewPlus Technology; Seven Landau, Touch Graphics; and Aimee
Arnoldunessen, Wicab/ BrainPort.

Panelists include speakers from Antenna Audio, Art Education for the Blind,
and artists and composers. Discussant: Richard Donald Smith, Musician,
Educator and African Music Scholar

Art and the Five Senses
Chair: Lisa Yayla, Moderator, accessibleimage discussion group, Norway
Panelists: Roz Driscoll, Elisabeth Goldring, Nitza Horner, and Michael A.
Naranjo, artists
Discussant: Sheri Khayami, BlindArt, UK

5.15 - 6.00 Closing Remarks: Reflections on the Day

Sunday, September 30, 2007

10:00 - 11.15 Concurrent Sessions:

Responding to Art Through Dance and Movement

Museum Panel, Part II
Chair: Nina Levent, Art Education for the Blind

Human-centered Design for the Web: Interactive and Multimodal Web Sites and
Web Resources
Chair: Art Education for the Blind
Panelists include Helen Petrie, University of York, and others

11.30 - 12:30 Optional tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(registration required)

12.30 - 2.00 Break for Lunch

2:00 - 5:00 Tactile Graphics Roundtable

Touch and descriptive tours at NYC museums, including The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Lower East Side Tenement
Museum and others.

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