Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)
Who We Are + What We Do
Following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) was formed by a small group of museum and disability professionals that started meeting informally to discuss topics related to accessibility at their New York-based institutions.
Today, MAC has grown into an active group of accessibility advocates from across the New York City cultural world who work to share resources, offer learning opportunities, and increase equity for disabled people at cultural institutions. MAC’s activities are diverse and far reaching and include:
Grant Supported Projects
Mapping Virtual Access in Cultural Institutions
New York Community Trust Foundations of Inclusion and Accessibility
Free workshops and resources relevant to cultural accessibility
A mutual support network of individuals interested in furthering accessibility in NYC’s cultural sphere
Maintaining a Cultural Calendar of accessible events and Job Board
MAC is run by an all-volunteer Steering Committee and employs a few paid individuals to manage our grant-funded projects. Our Steering Committee members and staff are disabled and non-disabled professionals and advocates who represent all corners of NYC’s cultural landscape, including museums, theatres, gardens, and more.
All of MAC’s work is done remotely, and we do not have a physical location.
Our 7 Steering Committee members, 6 Officers, and 3 paid part-time Grant Leaders meet as a group monthly, and each grant project has its own subcommittee that meets on its own schedule.
We use the following tools to collaborate virtually: Zoom, Google Drive, Slack, Email.
MAC is fully committed to an accessible working environment. We believe that accessibility is a conversation and are constantly growing and changing our work practices to be accessible to whoever is involved in our Steering Committee.
Additionally, MAC is currently going through a period of transition. We recently underwent a pause in programming in order to spend time reflecting on our existing structure and practices, as well as learning together about how to become a more equitable and anti-oppressive organization. We will spend 2022 working with a strategic planner, and our goal is for all members, including grant project leaders, to have a stake in this process.
The goal of the project is to create a report for the benefit of the cultural field which provides guidance on accessible and engaging virtual and in-person programming for disabled audiences. The report will:
Offer insights into best practices for accessible cultural programming
Center and uplift disabled voices
Be a resource for cultural organizations as they navigate this next phase of the pandemic
The Project Leader will oversee the activities of the project which include:
– Documenting the experiences and preferences of disabled people in regard to virtual access at cultural organizations during the COVID – 19 pandemic.
– Offering guidance for cultural organizations on how to navigate the next phase of the pandemic that is grounded in the thoughts, experiences, and hopes of disabled people.
– Lifting up the voices of disabled people who are cultural users and workers
– Centering the thoughts and opinions of adults with autism and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities who have more complex needs.
Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Primary Responsibilities and Expectations
– Oversee the execution and completion of the Mapping Virtual Access in Cultural Institutions project.
– Meet regularly with a subcommittee of volunteer MAC Steering Committee members, who will advise and support project activities.
– Identify cultural organizations as partners to help identify disabled users of virtual and in-person programs to serve as interview and focus group participants.
– Utilize a survey for a first-round of feedback.
– Conduct interviews and focus groups for more in-depth information beyond the survey. Participants will be offered honoraria for their time and contributions to the research.
– Observe programs at cultural organizations.
– Create report and disseminate via the MAC website and email list.
– Knowledge of and/or experience with the disability community through personal and/or professional experience
– Project management
– Research, including conducting interviews and/or running focus groups
– Familiarity with plain language writing and creating digitally accessible documents
– Scheduling and coordinating meetings
– Additional assets that could support your work in this role:
– Knowledge of and/or experience working with cultural organizations
– Knowledge of and/or experience with adults with autism and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities
– Familiarity with access services
Salary or Compensation:
$10,000 ($50/hr) – 200 Hours Total (approximately 8 hours/week from April – September)
Organization or Project Website:
You can submit an application via this Google Form or by emailing email@example.com. In the application, we ask for the following information:
You will be asked to share your name and email address.
You will be asked to share your past experience via a resume/CV, a link to a website, or in a text box.
Short Answer Questions
You will be asked to answer the following short answer questions either by uploading a document or typing your answers directly into this form.
– Why are you interested in the MVACI project?
– This project addresses accessibility barriers to participation in cultural institutions. What are some barriers that you have observed that you think are the most significant or the most important to address?
– Please share how your prior experiences and expertise would prepare you for this job. In particular, please share about a time that you have managed a project.
MAC is committed to being an anti-racist, anti-oppression, access-centered organization and is involved in continual learning to fully live these values as an organization. MAC strongly encourages individuals with disabilities to apply, especially those who hold other historically excluded identities.
Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.