About MAC

Mission Statement

MAC is an organization striving toward increasing access to NYC’s cultural institutions for the disability community through connection, education, and advocacy.

Overview

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 is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.

Professional Development Workshops

MAC regularly organizes workshops and events that address topics ranging from, “Welcoming People with Alzheimer’s Disease to Your Museum,” to “Perspectives on Autism: Art and Access,” to “Revised ADA Regulations.”  To learn more about our upcoming workshops, please visit the News and Events section of this website. In efforts to share what we learn, we are currently developing a Resources section so that colleagues may use recordings, transcripts, guidelines, and best practices at their own respective cultural organizations.

Attendees at workshops include clinicians, exhibit designers, individuals with disabilities and their family members, and professionals from a broad range of institutions, from art and science museums to historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, performance spaces, museum studies programs, service providers, advocacy organizations, and more. By linking together accessibility personnel from cultural institutions and disability advocates and their communities, MAC helps to address the isolation staff may experience at their home institutions and seeks to respond to and engage museum professionals at all levels.

Learn more about how you can get involved to participate in our efforts at MAC!

MAC Steering Committee

The steering committee of the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC) is composed of leaders from the cultural and disability communities and provides oversight of the association’s activities, including professional development workshops, technical assistance to cultural institutions, and the development of public resources related to cultural accessibility. The MAC Steering Committee meets monthly and all members are required to participate in the development and implementation of workshops.

Steering Committee Members

Constance Stienon, Chair
Artist
Alex Delare, Vice Chair
Associate Director of Education , New York City Children's Theater
Becky Leifman, Treasurer/Financial Manager
Executive Director, CO/LAB Theater Group
Ellysheva Bunge-Zeira, Administrative Secretary
Education Specialist for Access, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Michelle Gorenstein-Holtzman, Membership Chair
Assistant Professor, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
James Vickers, Communications Chair
Senior Director of Volunteer Services and Administration, The New York Botanical Garden
Sarah Hom, MAC Archivist
Director of Audience Services, Roundabout Theatre Company
Bojana Cokylat, Project Manager, Cultural Access Innovation During COVID
Toni Saia, Project Leader, Foundations of Inclusion and Accessibility: Building Organizational Capacity in Cultural Institutions
Aliza Greenberg, Supporting Transitions Project Leader
Arielle Lever, Supporting Transitions Project Manager
Miranda Lee, Supporting Transitions Intern
Ruth Bernstein, Member at Large
Board Member, HLAA New York City
Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Member at Large
Consultant, Exhibition Development and Museums
Jonothan Epstein, Member at Large
Transition Developer, AHRC & Director of Operations, InTandem Bike
Alie B. Gorie, Member at Large
Freelance Disability Inclusion Consultant
Holly Harmon, Member at Large
Manager of Gallery Interpretation and Access Programs, New Museum
Miranda Hoffner, Member at Large
Assistant Director, Accessibility and Guest Services, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Sarah Kenny, Member at Large
Sr. Manager of Education & Audience Engagement, Disney Theatrical Group
Larissa Kunynskyj, Member at Large
Manager of Accessibiltiy Services, Theatre Development Fund
Annie Leist, Member at Large
Artist, Museum Educator, and Accessibility Consultant
Sarah Marcus, Member at Large
Director of Education, Mark Morris Dance Group
Beth Prevor, Member at Large
Founder/President, Hands-On
Lara Schweller, Member at Large
Assistant Educator, Community and Access Programs, The Museum of Modern Art
Kirsten Sweeney, Member at Large
Education & Access Coordinator, A.R.T./New York
Sara Thomson, Member at Large
Special Education & Access Coordinator, New York Transit Museum
Alex Tronolone, Member at Large
Manager of Teaching & Learning, Brooklyn Historical Society
Stephanie Warren, Member at Large
Marketing Director, The New Group

Emeritus Members

Danielle Linzer
Georgia Krantz
Christena M. Gunther
Pearl Golden
Cindy VandenBosch
Michelle López
Francesca Rosenberg
Sarah Litvin
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