About MAC

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’s 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, Co-Chair
Artist
Lara Schweller, Co-Chair
Coordinator, Community and Access Programs, The Museum of Modern Art
Samantha Schott, Vice Chair
Assistant Manager of Gallery Programs, The Jewish Museum
Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Treasurer/Financial Manager
Consultant, Exhibition Development and Museums
Michelle Gorenstein-Holtzman, Membership Chair
Assistant Professor, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
Ellysheva Bunge-Zeira, Administrative Secretary
Education Specialist for Access, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Ruth Starr, Communications Chair
Accessibility Manager, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Lyndsey Anderson, Member at Large
New York Volunteer Manager, America Needs You
Ruth Bernstein, Member at Large
Board Member, HLAA New York City
Joanne D'Auria, Member At Large
School Workshop Coordinator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Miranda Hoffner, Member at Large
Assistant Director, Accessibility and Guest Services, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Becky Leifman, Member at Large
Executive Director, CO/LAB Theater Group
Beth Prevor, Member at Large
Founder/President, Hands-On
Katie Fanning, Supporting Transitions Project Manager
Heather Levine, Member at Large
Executive Director, CO/LAB Theater Group
Lindsay ``Londs`` Reuter, Member at Large
Access Programs Coordinator, Brooklyn Museum
Meredith Wong, Member at Large
Manager, connect2culture, CaringKind
Aliza Greenberg, Supporting Transitions Project Leader
Annie Leist, Member at Large
Artist, Museum Educator, and Accessibility Consultant
Sara Morgulis, Member at Large
Director of Education, New York City Children's Theater and Director of Programs, Actionplay
Morgan Spatola, Member at Large
Autism Response Team Coordinator, Autism Speaks

Emeritus Members

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