As technology brings the world closer together, it’s possible for audiences to experience art like never before. Explore how thought leaders in accessible practices are using digital docents, tactile printing, design thinking, and other ideas to cultivate diverse audiences and artists from all walks of life.
Brendan Ciecko is the founder and CEO of Cuseum, a platform that helps museums and cultural organizations engage their visitors, members, and patrons. Ciecko has been building technology since the age of 11 and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s top entrepreneurs under 30. Ciecko has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and PC Magazine for his work in design, technology, and business. In addition, Ciecko currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Digital Advisory Board at the Neue Galerie New York, and the Community Advisory Board for the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. He holds three patents in the area of mobile technology.
John Olson began his career as a war photographer. For decades he traveled the world until one day, reflecting on how critical images had been on his life, he wondered what it was like for those who couldn’t see yart or photographs. Working with the National Federation of the Blind, John has developed a means by which blind people can access visual information. Today, 3DPhotoWorks, Tactile Printing is displayed at 6 museums throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Alice Sheppard took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare; she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs.
Since becoming an independent artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has worked with Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton.
As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture
Victor Velazquez is the co-founder and CEO of DeFrame, a Boston based tech-startup with the mission of being the bridge between Museums, Art, People. Victor's passion for Art and Entrepreneurship developed at a young age by being growing up in a family environment of entrepreneurs and artists. DeFrame has been a startup disrupting museums by MuseumNext and selected as one of the 100 most disruptive startups at the 2017 South Summit Startup Competition. DeFrame is part of the Facebook Start for Social Good Program, Y-Combinator Startup School, GSV Labs Boston, Pledge 1%, Northeastern University IDEA Lab Venture Accelerator, and was featured as one of the 100 most promising startups at Hubweek 2018 Demo Day.