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It has been such a pleasure collaborating with @bo_knows_jc on this workshop over the last 8 months! So grateful for all our conversations about description practices and also grateful that this work relationship has become such a fun friendship. 💐 [Image description: Bojana posed liked Vanna White in front of a screen that says “Alt-Text as Poetry.” BRIC’s walls are bright yellow so there is a nice color situation going on between the walls, the blue screen, and Bojana’s orange dress.]
Alt-Text as Poetry workshop this Friday at @bricbrooklyn! 12:30 to 2:00 and free with RSVP. This is the last public workshop @bo_knows_jc and I will be doing for a while, so if you’ve wanted to do it, this is a good time! (Though if you can’t come, we’re also working on a workbook so stay tuned for that!) 🌀 [Image description: My hand holding an index card with the workshop info in blue marker.] • Workshop accessibility info: The workshop uses a slide presentation. All content from the presentation is read aloud and described. Three of the exercises involve participants describing 8.5 x 11" images. A variety of images are provided with a range of contrast and complexity. The exercises involve writing 2–3 sentences in 5–10 minutes, but participants don't need to finish writing in order to participate in the discussion. One exercise asks participants to use an image from their own phone. If they don't have a phone or have access to images on their phone, participants describe something in the room. Large-print worksheets are provided. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet if they prefer to type or dictate. All workshop materials can be emailed ahead of time upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. • Accessibility at BRIC: The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at email@example.com or (718)683 -5986.
Got a small batch of summer-weather-appropriate #AntiStairsClubLounge hats! Get in touch if you would like one — sliding scale $15-25 dollars (also open to trades!) 🧢 [Image description: A navy blue hat featuring a white crossed-out-stairs symbol held in the sunlight.]
Excited to be collaborating with #AislinnThomas on some text drawings related to an audio description project they are doing with @walterphillipsgallery at @banffcentre 🔹 [Image description: A sketch pad open to a page that reads, “Of all possibilities, this one here, now.” The pad is resting on a gray carpet — an exciting new addition to my home!]
Love a reclining art viewing experience 🧽 @brigitta.varadi at @wassaicproject 🧺 [Image description: Me reclining on a large white daybed with fluffy wool around the edges. I’m looking up at screen on the ceiling that is out of the frame. My body is foreshortened with my legs and bright blue metallic shoes in the foreground.]
Excited to own a copy of this gem from 1982! I read about it in @accessible.design’s book “Accessible America” and was able to find a copy online! One of my favorite things about it is the use of sloped text as a graphic design motif throughout ✨ [Image description: 1) The cover of “Ramps are Beautiful: The Architecture of Independence.” The cover says, “A guidebook on why ramps are needed, how to build ramps & and how to finance them” and features an illustration showing the view from inside the front door of a house looking down a ramp and out into the city. 2) The back cover featuring more illustrations and “ramps are beautiful” repeated and at an angle. 3) An interior spread. On the left, “Part Two” in big letters at an angle. One the right, a bunch of text with the quote, “There’s money for ramps, but not much of it” in a box and “bread for ramps” at a steep angle.]
So much love for these brilliant people 💘 #ADResidency (Also, I think every elevator is an Anti-Stairs Club Lounge if you want it to be???) [Image description: A cute and goofy group selfie taken in an elevator mirror]
This studio visit with @LauraRaicovich was such a pleasure!! 🔸 Laura documented the studio visits she did with my @eyebeamnyc cohort in this write-up for @hyperallergic. I love working alongside @itsyosquared, @_lovelaja, and @lljefe and @iblss of @moversandshakersnyc — this article is a great window into what everyone here is working on! 🔸 [Image description: A screenshot of the article. The headline reads, “Inside the Studios of Four Artists at the Eyebeam Residency Program” with a subhead that says, “Here’s what I learned from an intimate studio visit where these artists showed me their process, vision, and the goals fueling their work.”]
If you or an artist in your life would like one of these postcards (or if you just like getting mail), DM me your address and I’ll mail one out to you! 🕺🏼 These were published by Special Collections Press, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with @breanne_ 💙 [Image description: A blue postcard with blue, uneven, handwritten capitals spelling, “Artists for Alt-Text.”]
In the NYT! 😵 @jilnotjill recommends Talk Back at @flux_factory for the “What to See Right Now” section!!!! Mentioned alongside some of my favorite artists @ezrabenus @pelenakekebrown @jakioeoeo [Image description: a screenshot of nytimes.com showing the section of the review that reads, “Take Shannon Finnegan, who has used her art practice to call attention to the physical hostility of cultural spaces. Ms. Finnegan contributed benches that are hand-painted with pointed, pithy texts: ‘This exhibition has asked me to stand for too long,’ one says. While she makes new functional objects, Ezra Benus has taken pre-existing ones, including a shower chair and massager, and arranged them to form ‘You shall rejoice,’ a sculpture of suggestive sparingness.”]