Raleigh Arts Event Explores How Innovative Technology Engages People with Disabilities in the Arts

News posted Jun. 14, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Raleigh Arts, together with the Raleigh Arts Commission, is pleased to host the third annual Universal Access & the Arts Day on Thursday, June 21 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street. This annual event, sponsored in part by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlights trends and best practices in the arts for engaging deaf and disability communities.

The 2018 conference titled Intersections – Technology, Access and the Arts focuses on new and innovative uses for technology in the accessibility field. From cell phone apps to iPads, to crowdsourced web content, 3D printing and more, technology is revolutionizing how people engage with the arts.

The conference will feature sessions led by notable experts, including SAS Institute’s Senior Manager for Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology, software engineer Ed Summers. Internationally recognized inclusive design expert Sina Bahram will deliver the keynote address and lead an afternoon session on digital access projects he has done for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and New York City’s Cooper Hewitt Museum. Bahram is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include both private and nationally funded museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, among others. In 2012, Bahram was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his work enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

“The growth of the tech industry in Raleigh and across the Triangle region makes this year’s Universal Access and the Arts Day theme particularly relevant, not just to the arts community but to the community at large," said Raleigh Arts Grants Director Sarah Corrin. "What arts organizations are finding, as they develop innovative apps and implement new technologies to make programming inclusive of people with disabilities, is these improvements often have a bigger impact than originally planned. They wind up creating better arts experiences not just for people with disabilities but for everyone.”

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is a part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

For more information about this event and to RSVP, visit the event’s website. For additional questions, contact Arts Grant Director Sarah Corrin at 919-996-4686.

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