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National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

Agenda

Program subject to change - Revised June 12, 1998
All times listed are Eastern Daylight Savings Time


Note: AD refers to events which will be audio described; ALD refers to events at which assistive listening devices will be operational.

Sunday, June 14

3:00 - 8:00 PM (Hall of States)
Registration - Hall of States

4:30 PM (Education Resource Center)
Forum Planning Committee Meeting (Planning Committee members only)

6:00 - 7:00 PM (Millenium Stage) AD / ALD
Performance: Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels
  • Introduction: Victoria Ann Lewis, Chair, Forum Planning Committee; Director, Other Voices, Mark Taper Forum

7:00 - 8:30 PM (River Terrace and Milennium Stage) ALD
Opening Reception/Welcoming Remarks
  • Introduction: Darrell Ayers, Senior Program Manager, Education Department, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Scott Shanklin-Peterson, Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Derek E. Gordon, Vice President, Education, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Judith E. Heumann, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, United States Department of Education
  • Fredric K. Schroeder, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, United States Department of Education
  • Reginald Wells, Deputy Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities
  • Susan M. Daniels, Deputy Commissioner of Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration

Monday, June 15

8:00 AM (Grand Foyer)
Continental breakfast

8:00 AM - noon (Grand Foyer)
Registration

8:45 - 9:30 AM (Concert Hall) ALD
Opening Remarks/Introductions
  • Welcome: Lawrence J. Wilker, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Keynote Address - "Renovation of the Concert Hall" by Ron Mace, Director, The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University
  • Introduction: Derek E. Gordon, Vice President, Education, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Speakers:
    • Victoria Ann Lewis, Chair, Forum Planning Committee; Director, Other Voices, Mark Taper Forum
    • Susan M. Daniels, Deputy Commissioner of Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration

9:30 - 11:00 AM (Concert Hall) ALD
Panel - "Money Issues"
  • Moderator: Patricia Pasqual, Director, The Foundation Center/Washington
  • Panelists:
    • Tamara Bibb Allen, Director, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Robert Cogswell, Director, Folk Arts Program, Tennessee Arts Commission
    • Melissa Franklin, Director, Pew Fellowships in the Arts
    • Brian Kerrigan, Program Administrator of the Policy, Training, and Analysis Service, Student Financial Aid Programs, United States Department of Education
    • Alexandria Wailes, Student, University of the Arts

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Education Resource Center open

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Arts Cafe open

11:15 - 11:45 AM
Online chat with Victoria Ann Lewis, Director, Other Voices, Mark Taper Forum
To join a chat, you must register in advance and download the free i-chat plug-in. Once you register and download the plug-in, you can join in any Forum chat session at any time. Go HERE to register for future chat sessions. Once you have registered, you may go HERE to enter the chat session.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakouts - "Money Issues"
  • "Fellowships, Internships, Commissions and Summer Work" (North Atrium Foyer)
  • "Training: SSI and Rehabilitation" (Theater Lab)
  • "The Professional - Grants and Fellowships" (Education Resource Center)

12:30 - 1:45 PM (Atrium) AD / ALD
Lunch
  • Introduction: Victoria Ann Lewis, Chair, Forum Planning Committee; Director, Other Voices, Mark Taper Forum
  • Remarks and Introduction: William Ivey, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Presentation - "Beyond Access: Universal Design and the Millay Colony"
    • Ann-Ellen Lesser, Director, The Millay Colony for the Arts
    • Kenny Fries, Writer
    • Peter Slatin, Writer

2:00 - 3:30 PM (Atrium) AD / ALD
Panel - "Education & Training"
  • Moderator: Kitty Lunn, Director, Infinity Dance Theater
  • Panelists:
    • Arthur Bartow, Artistic Director, Tisch School of the Arts
    • Patrick Farley, Artist and Museum Access Coordinator, Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Camille Jeter, Artistic Director, National Theatre of the Deaf
    • Elias Katz, President, National Institute of Art and Disabilities
    • James Tucker, Chief, Arts and Humanities Section, Maryland State Department of Education

3:45 - 4:45 PM
Breakouts - "Education & Training"
  • "Making Standards Work for Students with Disabilities" (Theater Lab)
  • "Getting into the Training Loop" [Youth] (North Atrium Foyer)
  • "Getting into the Training Loop" [Post-Secondary] (Education Resource Center)
  • "Alternate Routes: Coming in the Back Door" (South Atrium Foyer)

5:00 - 5:45 PM (Theater Lab)
Forum Planning Committee Meeting (Planning Committee members only)

6:00 - 7:00 PM (Millenium Stage) ALD
Jazz Performance - Valerie Capers and Lisa Thorson
  • Introduction: Derek E. Gordon, Vice President, Education, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

7:15 - 8:45 PM (Atrium) ALD
Forum Banquet
  • Remarks and Introduction: Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director, Mark Taper Forum
  • Speaker: Phyllis Frelich, Actress

    This speech will be cybercast at 8:00 PM. To participate in a cybercast, you must download the free Realplayer 5.0 program. Once you have installed the RealPlayer, you must click on the "Play Now!" links at the specified times indicated on the Addresses section of this Web site. Be sure to click on the link that matches the speed of your computer's modem.

Tuesday, June 16

8:15 AM (Encore Suite)
Continental breakfast

8:15 AM - noon (Encore Suite)
Registration

8:15 AM - 7:00 PM (Encore Suite)
Arts Cafe open

9:00 - 9:30 AM (Atrium) ALD
Opening Remarks/Introduction
  • Introduction: Lisa Thorson, Musician
  • Speaker: John Kemp, President/CEO, Very Special Arts
    This speech will be cybercast at 9:00 AM. To participate in a cybercast, you must download the free Realplayer 5.0 program. Once you have installed the RealPlayer, you must click on the "Play Now!" links at the specified times indicated on the Addresses section of this Web site. Be sure to click on the link that matches the speed of your computer's modem.

9:30 - 11:00 AM (Atrium) AD / ALD
Panel - "Jobs"
  • Moderator: Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Co-artistic Director, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels
  • Panelists:
    • Jeremy Alliger, Artistic Director/Producer, Dance Umbrella
    • Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director, Mark Taper Forum
    • Sharon Jensen, Executive Director, Non-Traditional Casting Project
    • John Lancaster, Executive Director, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
    • Dianne Pilgrim, Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
    • Jordan Thaler, Casting Director, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Education Resource Center open

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Online chat with John Kemp, President/CEO, Very Special Arts
To join a chat, you must register in advance and download the free i-chat plug-in. Once you register and download the plug-in, you can join in any Forum chat session at any time. Go HERE to register for future chat sessions. Once you have registered, you may go HERE to enter the chat session.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakouts - "Jobs: What are the Barriers? What are the Solutions?"
  • Performing Arts (Theater Lab)
  • Visual Arts (North Atrium Foyer)
  • Media Arts (Education Resource Center)
  • Literary Arts (Theater Lab Lobby)
  • Arts Administration (Terrace Theater Lobby)
  • Technical Professions (North Gallery East)
  • Design Arts (North Gallery West)

12:30 - 2:15 PM (Atrium) ALD
Arts Service Organizations Luncheon
  • Remarks: Paula Terry, Coordinator, Office for AccessAbility, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Introduction: Anne Finger, Writer
  • Keynote Address - "Sustaining Change" by Robert Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts

    This address will be cybercast at 1:30 PM. To participate in a cybercast, you must download the free Realplayer 5.0 program. Once you have installed the RealPlayer, you must click on the "Play Now!" links at the specified times indicated on the Addresses section of this Web site. Be sure to click on the link that matches the speed of your computer's modem.

2:30 - 3:00 PM
Online chat with Robert Lynch, President/CEO, Americans for the Arts
To join a chat, you must register in advance and download the free i-chat plug-in. Once you register and download the plug-in, you can join in any Forum chat session at any time. Go HERE to register for future chat sessions. Once you have registered, you may go HERE to enter the chat session.

2:30 - 3:45 PM
Working Groups - "Sustaining Change"
  • Jobs (North Atrium Foyer)
  • Education & Training (Education Resource Center)
  • Money Issues (Theater Lab)

4:00 - 5:00 PM (Atrium) ALD
Working Group Reports/Closing Remarks - "Where do we go from here?"
  • Moderators:
    • Pamela Walker, Media Artist
    • Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Director, National Arts and Disability Center/UCLA

6:00 - 7:00 PM (Millennium Stage) AD / ALD
Performance - "Reflections of a Black Deaf Woman" by Michelle Banks
  • Introduction: Willy Conley, Professor, Theatre Arts Department, Gallaudet University

Notes

Vouchers issued will be honored in any of the Kennedy Center's restaurants for dinner Tuesday night.

All speakers, events, and performances will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

During the Forum, messages will be posted in the Arts Cafe. Messages may be left for Forum participants at the following numbers:
  • (202) 416-8819 (voice)
  • (202) 416-8822 (tty)
  • (202) 416-8802 (fax)

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