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Shame on the Smithsonian Institution – The Blog – by Janice S. Lintz

November 3, 2016 in Disability Law, Technology

 

 

The Huffington Post
THE BLOG
by Janice S. Lintz
Consultant, Consumer Advocate, Foodie and Traveler

The Smithsonian Institution should be ashamed for failing to include hearing induction loops for its videos and films, for people who are hard of hearing, in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Twenty-six years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, none of the Smithsonian museums provides hearing induction loops for videos or films. Some of the museums offer loops at the service desks.

Read more  . . . Smithsonian

This Sunday: Art Signs Gallery Talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 21, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

 

 

Join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Signs guides Erikson Young and Emily Blachly will lead discussion on four artworks from our collection.  From a founding father to Lady Liberty to mythological & allegorical figures representing health and grief – investigate some sculptural treasures in our galleries.  Enjoy conversation with art-y folks, and leave having learned something new!

Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC
Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:
Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.

 

Art Signs ASL gallery talk Sunday, at Smithsonian American Art Museum – March 27

March 10, 2016 in Community Events

 

 

Join us on Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m. for our next Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

March is Women’s History Month – come explore two extraordinary artworks by women artists.  Tracey Salaway will discuss the dazzling Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas and the mysterious Les Fetiches by Lois Maillou Jones.

Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m.

Meet at the F Street Information Desk
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:
Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.

Art Signs this weekend at Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 18, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

 

Join us this Sunday at 1 p.m. for Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum!

Enjoy some artsy conversation, and learn something new.

Sunday, February 21 at 1 p.m.
Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:

Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.

Teen Inventors Create Live Closed-Captioning Glasses for the Deaf

December 18, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Smithsonian.com
By Emily Matchar
December 16, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Daniil Frants and his buddies hope to help the hard-of-hearing engage in naturally flowing conversations

It’s a common misconception that most hearing-impaired people can easily read lips. But while many are indeed practiced lip readers, only 30 to 40 percent of English can be understood through watching the mouth. Much of spoken English occurs without lip movement, while many sounds, such as ‘b’ and ‘p,’ look identical.

This leaves many hearing-impaired people at a loss when communicating with the hearing. A number of recent technological innovations attempt to address the issue, from devices that turn spoken language into text on a smartphone to speculative systems to allow deaf people to “hear” through their tongues. That’s right—researchers from Colorado State University are developing an earpiece that translates sounds into electrical patterns that it then sends to a retainer.
Read more  . .Watch captioned Video . Closed-Captioning Glasses

Art Signs next week: Gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 6, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.  Art Signs guides Erikson Young and Felece Steele will discuss Edward Hopper’s classic painting Cape Cod Morning and Laurel Roth Hope’s spectacular strutting peacocks from the exhibition “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.”

 

When: Thursday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

 

Hope you can join us!

Gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum 9/18

September 17, 2014 in Community Events

 

 

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday September 18 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL!

Art Signs gallery guides Erikson Young and Felece Steele will discuss works in our Early Modernism and Folk Art galleries.

When:                  Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Art Signs: Gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

July 7, 2014 in Community Events

 

 

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday July 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.  Art Signs guides Tracey Salaway, Elizabeth Henry, and Felece Steele will discuss works in the exhibition “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget” and “American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.”

When:                  Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Art Signs gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 8, 2014 in Community Events

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL with Art Signs guides Emily Blachly and Felece Steele.  They will be discussing artworks in the exhibition Modern American Realism:  The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.

Learn more about the exhibition here:

http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2014/roby/

When:                  Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Hope to see you there!

ART Signs – Calendar of upcoming Art Sign events

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 7, 2014 in Community Events

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, February 13 at 5:30pm will be the date of the next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Art Signs guides Tracey Salaway and Felece Steele will lead a discussion about artworks in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.

Learn more about the exhibition here: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2013/our_america/

When:                  Thursday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
                              8th & G Street, NW
                              Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian to Spotlight Artists with Disabilities

September 20, 2013 in Community News

 

 

By Michelle Diament, September 17, 2013
From Disabilityscoop.com

A group of emerging artists with disabilities from across the country will take center stage at the Smithsonian Institution this fall.smithsonian

The Washington, D.C. landmark will feature works of photography, painting and sculpture, among other mediums, from 15 artists with disabilities ages 16 to 25.

Pieces were selected for the exhibit organized by VSA by a jury of art professionals and those chosen to participate in the show will each get a share of $60,000.

All of the works focus on the theme “In/finite Earth” and the intersection of environmentalism, contemporary creativity and the disability experience, organizers said.

VSA is an international organization founded by President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, that promotes opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

The exhibit will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian from Oct. 1 through Jan. 5, 2014 before traveling to other museums and galleries throughout the country for display.


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Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: This Thursday

July 11, 2013 in Community News

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum – TOMORROW

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL!

Art Signs Gallery Guide Erikson Young will discuss two large outdoor sculptures that adorn the perimeter of our museum.

On the south side of the museum, Modern Head by Roy Lichtenstein stands thirty-one feet tall and is made of stainless steel painted blue. The sculpture is part of a series Lichtenstein began in the late 1960s that explored the idea of creating images of human figures that look like machines.  In 1996, Modern Head was installed one block from the World Trade Center in New York City. The sculpture survived the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with only surface scratches and was temporarily used by the FBI as a message board during its investigations.

Luis Jiménez’s fiberglass sculpture Vaquero greets visitors at the museum’s north entrance.  Jiménez intended his sculpture to be an unconventional take on the traditional equestrian monument.  Washington is full of monuments depicting men on horses, commemorating military generals, leaders and heroes.  Since ancient times, horses in equestrian monuments have usually been shown walking, standing, or rearing onto their hind legs. But the Vaquero’s horse literally “bucks” tradition with its two front feet planted on the base and his hind legs in the air.

When:  Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Metro: Gallery Place

Please feel free to forward to friends who may be interested.

Check out Arts Signs online:  http://americanart.si.edu/education/asl/


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Update Smithsonian Folklife Festival Audio Looped!

June 26, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News

Update on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Enjoy Great Sound with an Audio Loop!

By Cheryl Heppner, NVRC

We’ve just learned that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will have audio loops at several locations. This means there will be great fun for individuals who have a hearing aid or cochlear implant with a telecoil to experience speech and music with greater clarity.

You can find the audio loops on the map for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/2013-festival-map.pdf, I spotted the icon for Audio Loop in eight locations. By the way, I discovered that the map enlarges if you double click on it.

For more information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
http://www.festival.si.edu/.

 


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One World Many Voices Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 26, 2013 in Community Events, Community News

Gallaudet Participation in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

From Tabitha Jacques

Gallaudet University faculty, staff, students and alumni will participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this year, Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, in the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program, which will feature sessions on language use, research, and preservation with a focus on American Sign Language.

Friday, June 28
12:30–1:15 p.m., Visual Literature: American Sign Language Performance
Location: Song and Story Circle within the “One World, Many Voices” program.
Professor Ben Bahan and students from Gallaudet University ASL Literature Course will share stories and poems.

4:15–5 p.m., Language and Technology: Deaf Perspectives
Location: Talk Story Discussion Stage within the “One World, Many Voices” program.
Participants Gene Mirus, Ted Supalla, Ernest Hairston, and Janie Golightly will discuss the impact of technology on language use, research and preservation.

Saturday, June 29
2:45–3:30 p.m.,  150 Years of a Language Community: American Sign Language and Gallaudet University 
Location: Talk Story Discussion Stage within the “One World, Many Voices” program.
Participants: Stephen Weiner, Carolyn McCaskill, David Martin, and Ceil Lucas will share perspectives on the meaning of place as it impacts language use.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program is on the National Mall, in front of the National Museum of Natural History, near Madison Drive, NW.

For more information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival see:
http://www.festival.si.edu/

 


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Art Signs Gallery Talk – April 11

April 8, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will have its next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL on Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm

Art Signs guide Tracey Salaway will discuss work and ideas of the Korean-born artist Nam June Paik, an artist who was a major influence on late twentieth-century art and who continues to inspire a new generation of artists.  Sometimes called “the father of video art,” Paik created vibrant installations using televisions, video footage and manipulated moving images that both challenge and amuse viewers.

Learn more about the exhibition here:  http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2012/paik

When:                  Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk
Metro: Gallery Place
Carol Wilson
Assistant Chair of Education, In-Gallery Programs
Smithsonian American Art Museum
202.633.8544


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