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Presented By: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

I See What You're Saying: A WICAD Symposium at UMMA

University of Michigan Museum of Art A Symposium on WICAD (the Workshop on Inclusive Co-Creation of Audio Descriptions) With Museum Visitors Who Are Blind, Partially-blind, And Sighted at UMMA

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8 - 10:30 AM – Public Panel Discussion, Moderated by Audrey Bennett

For generations, large swaths of the population have been excluded from experiencing exhibitions at art museums. Those who are sighted have the privilege of visiting museums and engaging with the art within its spaces, including reading contextual information about each piece on the placards positioned nearby. That same level of engagement has been more difficult or impossible for blind or partially blind visitors. While the conversation around the uses of audio description started decades ago, in recent years, it has emerged as a viable way to facilitate blind and partially blind museum visitors experiencing museum artwork through oral descriptions of them facilitated via virtual and in-person experiences, particularly during the Covid age of social distancing.

In those conversations, audio descriptions are typically created solely by museum professionals, without input from visitors who are blind and partially blind. Join us for a symposium at the University of Michigan Museum of Art to launch a generative co-creation of audio description educational program that brings together museum professionals with community members to co-create audio descriptions of select artwork from UMMA’s collection.

Following the public discussion, an invite-only WICAD session will take place with blind, partially blind, and sighted participants. 

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