Accessing Art in the Virtual World

Accessing Art in the Virtual World:


A Roundtable about Access, Equity, and Diversity in 2020

UAAC/AAUC Conference 2020 Congrès
October 15th, 2020
12PM EST ONLINE

We seek questions for the roundtable panellists pertaining to challenges academic and cultural institutions face in making their spaces accessible, solutions to overcoming accessibility barriers, representation etc.
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About

By April 2020, a third of the world population was on lockdown. As schools, businesses, and cultural institutions shut their physical doors to the world, organizations turned to digital technology to provide and enhance virtual cultural spaces online. While numerous digital initiatives, such as Google Arts & Culture began to preserve and provide access to cultural heritage objects online long before the global pandemic, the current situation has expanded the number of digital initiatives. Art history educators worked collaboratively in compiling lists of online resources to assist students and colleagues worldwide. Although the internet has helped many, the lockdown highlights significant connectivity and access inequality. In this roundtable, we will be addressing issues of access, equity, and diversity in online art resources, such as the digitization of collections and archives. What voices have overtaken digital spaces? How can we ensure that art is truly accessible to anyone, anywhere in 2020?

Panelists

Kanika Gupta

Visual Artist and Graphic Storyteller

Adrienne Huard

Editor-at-Large Canadian Art, Curator, Doctoral Student University of Manitoba

Key Jo Lee

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Sequoia Miller

Chief Curator, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Isabel Pedersen

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, UOIT; Director, Decimal Lab; Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture

Emily Watlington

Critic, curator, and assistant editor at Art in America. 

Moderator: Corrinne Chong

Art historian, curator, and educator.

Session Organizers

Samantha Chang

University of Toronto

Brittany Myburgh

University of Toronto

Lauryn Smith

Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Museum of Art

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