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Experiencing The Museum Training

28–30 September 2015

Description

Museum accessibility for hearing-impaired, visually impaired and deaf-blind visitors Training Course Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, So-edinenie Deaf-Blind Support Fund and Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation

Museums tend to build their narratives around particular subjects: a collection, a historical figure, an art movement. But just as important for visitors is their experience of being in a museum, which depends on the openness of the institution to new visitors, the team’s willingness to work with others, and their interest in what they do. This three-day training program is designed to enable those working with disabled museum visitors to overcome physical, social, and communication barriers.

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SCHEDULE

September 28, Monday

09:00

Guests arrive


09:30 – 10:00

Coffee break


 

Part 1. Introduction

Free admission


10:00 – 10:10

Introduction by Garage Museum director Anton Belov and by president of So-edinenie Deaf-Blind Support Fund Dmitriy Polikanov


10:10 – 10:40

Course outline. Introduction of the instructors


10:45 – 11:30

Museums & galleries and disability: towards holistic thinking and practice

Speaker: Jocelyn Dodd, director, Research Center for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), Leicester


 

Part 2. Analysing the Russian experience

Free admission


11:30 – 12:30

Cases from the regions

Speakers: Children’s Art Gallery (Samara), Vladimir Regional Library for the blind


12:15 – 12:55

A review of the past, a look into the future

Speakers: The State Hermitage Museum, Moscow Lights Museum, The State Darwin Museum, The State Museum of the History of Religion


13:00 – 13:20

Q&A


13:20 – 14:20

Lunch




Part 3. Experience of the other

Open to visitors registered for the course

Additional reading: memo on three kinds of disability


14:25 – 15:25

Hearing impairment: the nature of the disability and differences in perception

Speaker: Vladislav Kolesnikov, special-needs expert, Garage inclusivity manager


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break


16:05 – 17:05

Visual impairment: the nature of the disability and differences in perception

Speakers: Marta Lyubimova and Alexei Lyubimov, blindness and education specialists, scientific officers at the RAO Special Needs Education Institute.


17:10 – 18:10

Deaf-blindness: the nature of the disability and differences in perception

Speaker:  Irina Salomatina, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the RAO Special Needs Education Institute.


18:10 – 19:30

Tour around Garage for everyone taking part in the training

 

September 29, Tuesday

09:30 – 10:00

Coffee break


 

Part 4. Working in a group

Open to visitors registered for the course

Additional reading: memo on three kinds of disability


10:05 – 11:00

Revision and teamwork workshop


11:05 – 12:35

Meeting a group of deaf-blind visitors for a joint tour around Garage 


12:40 – 13:00

Discussion


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch


 

Part 5. International experience

Free admission


14:00 – 14:40

Out there

Speaker: Elaine Addington, curator, Open Museum, Glasgow 


14:40 – 15:00

Q&A


15:05 – 15:45

Creating accessible and inclusive museum experiences for visitors who are blind or partially sighted

Speaker: Rebecca McGinnis, access coordinator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 


15:50 – 16:10

Q&A


16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break


16:45 – 17:25

Signing Art: delivering gallery tours in sign language at Tate

Speaker: Marcus Dickey Horley, curator of access and special projects, Tate Modern UK, London 


17:30 – 18:20

Prikasayemiye (Touchable) theatre project: every perspective

Discussion with participants of theatre project

 

September 30, Wednesday

09:30 – 10:00

Coffee break


 

Part 6. Practice

Open to the visitors registered for the course


10:05 – 10:45

Identifying and studying the audience: polls

Speaker: Nikita Bolshakov, sociologist


10:45 – 11:05

Q&A


11:10 – 11:55

Looking for funding

Speakers: So-edinenie Deaf-Blind Support Fund and Vladimir Potanin Foundation


12:00 – 12:40

Working in teams with a group of deaf-blind people


12:40 – 13:40

Lunch


13:40 – 17:55

Working in teams with a group of deaf-blind people


 

18:00 – 19:00

Discussing the results

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