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HND-284966-22

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Audrey G. Bennett (Project Director: July 2021 to present)
'I don't see what you mean': Broadening participation through co-created inclusive digital museum audio

The development and testing of a one-day workshop for museum practitioners that will use the Inclusive Co-Created Audio Description model to change how museum workers understand and implement digital accessibility for blind, partially blind, and sighted audiences. The UK partner, the University of Westminster, is requesting £58,525 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This project sits within the NEH/AHRC theme: Evolving institutions to face the 21st Century, and aims to develop and rigorously evaluate a 1-day Workshop for Inclusive Co-created Audio Description (WICAD) model, working with diverse blind, partially-blind, and sighted audiences in the UK and US to: 1) Provide museum practitioners with a robust model through which they can enrich and extend their digital provision to engage traditionally marginalized audiences. 2) Improve visitor-facing experiences of online access to a diverse range of artworks for all museum visitors to foster digitally-enabled equitable participation To achieve these goals, we will compare the experiences of experienced and novice museum-goers to address these central questions: 1. What level of guidance do co-creation groups need to produce a draft audio description (AD) within a 1-day workshop? 2. How do groups choose to incorporate different voices, positionality, and identities within a co-created AD?

Participating institutions:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI) - Applicant/Recipient
University of Westminster (London) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$49,116 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 11/30/2022