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Mosaic Convening 2024

Join us for the inaugural Mosaic (M4c) convening.

Centering inclusive design and accessibility in the cultural and themed entertainment domains, this convening plays a critical role in the development and nurturing of the inclusive and universal design communities of practice.

When

October 8-10, 2024

Where

Boise, Idaho

What

The single-track, invite only, 2-day event is a multidisciplinary convening where the through line of all that is presented, discussed, and explored centers inclusion and access. We will have multiple recognition sessions presenting case studies of noteworthy projects from the cultural, themed entertainment, and digital domains, as well as dialogue sessions that will be conceptually focused. The diversity of these sessions will range from capital builds, location-based experience designs, digital experiences, digital applications, capacity building, event production, policy and administration practices, community engagement, patron and guest service, and much more.

Registration

Registration will open March 29, 2024 and is by invitation only.

Attendance fee is $700 USD and includes:

  • Two-day single track conference
  • Welcome Happy Hour and dinner on arrival day (the evening preceding the convening)
  • Breakfast on each session day
  • Dinner on each session day
  • Dinner programming one each session day
  • Coffee and snack breaks on each session day

PAC is committed to ensuring the inclusion of emerging professionals and students in the development of this community practice. To support this, $100 of your registration fee will go towards this program.

Lodging and Convening Location Information

The convening will take place at the Inn at the 500.
500 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

Rooms have been secured at a preferential group rate. Booking instructions will be provided when registration opens.

Program Information

The convening program, across the two days, includes 9 Recognition Sessions and 2 discussion sessions.

Recognition Sessions present case studies of noteworthy projects demonstrating inclusive design and accessibility. The diversity of these sessions ranges from capital builds, location-based experience designs, digital experiences, digital applications, capacity building, event production, policy and administration practices, community engagement, service, and much more. Each of these sessions examines something that has been done, presented as a practical and non-theoretical case study, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Dialogue Sessions involve short 5-minute presentations and breakouts to discussant tables. The topics of these sessions are more conceptually focused and there will be encouragement amongst participants to collaborate on ideas, concepts, and evolution within the field.

Recognition Sessions

  • Armando Perla (They/He/She), Head Curator of the Textile Museum of Canada, will elaborate their industry-leading approach to creating pluralized, less harmful, equitable, and representative cultural institutions working towards becoming spaces of belonging. Using human rights, Indigenization, decolonization, anti-racism, and anti-oppression as the tenets of their work, Perla’s methodology aims to build trust with communities that have historically found museums and cultural venues to be exclusionary, unwelcoming, and violent spaces and ultimately use institutional resources to prioritize and meet the immediate needs of the community.
  • Chris Xu (She/They), a Product Manager focused on accessibility at Slack, will discuss organizational change strategies for cultivating and growing a sustainable accessibility practice within a fast-moving and complex tech company.
  • Colleen Prior (She/Her), Manager of Content and Audiences at National Geographic Society, will discuss the intentions, opportunities, and approaches being developed for a mixed public experience consisting of heavily themed areas, immersive media moments, and traditional museum spaces. She will also discuss the comprehensive approach to inclusive design that’s necessitated when working across many design teams, internal staff, and stakeholders within a large, publicly visible corporation.
  • Jane Alexander, (She/Her), Chief Digital Information Officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), will discuss utilizing the Microsoft HoloLens2 to immerse visitors in the narrative of a scholarly exhibition, Revealing Krishna.
  • Melanie Fales (She/Her), Executive Director of the Boise Art Museum, will present the successes and opportunities realized from over four years of inclusive design and accessibility work across functional areas of the Museum, supported by two separate IMLS grants.
  • Dr. Rosanna Flouty (She/Her), the Director of New York University’s Museum Studies program, will share insights and opportunities in teaching and learning that identify how emergent practitioners new to the field are being equipped to decolonize, democratize, and pluralize museum practices and the diverse audiences they serve. This session will also identify their failures, and how museums are implicated in resisting change.
  • Vanessa Sanchez (She/Her), Director of Education and Yollocali Arts Reach at the National Museum of Mexican Art, will present on sustainably developing a visual description program rooted in relationships with local blind community organizations.

More session information will be added soon!