Many different kinds of people with many different abilities ought to have access to cultural institutions, and a Museum Access Coordinator is tasked with meeting an institution’s commitment to opening its collections, exhibitions, and programs to as wide an audience as possible.
Most major museums (including MoMA, the Met, and Newfields) have programs to provide access to guests with hearing loss and the deaf, those with dementia or developmental disabilities (and their caretakers!), and those who are blind or partially sighted. The Prado Museum in Spain, for example, developed a set of tactile paintings that allow blind and partially sighted visitors to “feel” the great masterworks in its collection.
Such a job combines a passion for the arts with interests in teaching, problem solving, and providing personalized care—everyone is unique, and the Access Coordinator conducts needs assessment of guests, ensures quality standards of services, and evaluates guest satisfaction.
What do I need to do to get this job? Well, there is no single trajectory. Generally, a Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or Art Education, combined with relevant museum experience is required.
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