Accessing Art in the Virtual World


Accessing Art in the Virtual World: A Conversation about Access, Equity, and Diversity in 2020 
Free Public Online Roundtable at UAAC/AAUC Conference 2020 Congrès
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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By April 2020, a third of the world population was on lockdown. As schools, businesses, and cultural institutions shut their physical doors to the world, organizations turned to digital technology to provide and enhance virtual cultural spaces online. While numerous digital initiatives, such as Google Arts & Culture began to preserve and provide access to cultural heritage objects online long before the global pandemic, the current situation has expanded the number of digital initiatives. Art history educators worked collaboratively in compiling lists of online resources to assist students and colleagues worldwide. Although the internet has helped many, the lockdown highlights significant connectivity and access inequality. In this roundtable, we will be addressing issues of access, equity, and diversity in online art resources, such as the digitization of collections and archives. What voices have overtaken digital spaces? How can we ensure that art is truly accessible to anyone, anywhere in 2020?

Kanika Gupta, Visual Artist and Graphic Storyteller

Adrienne Huard, Indigenous Editor-at-Large at Canadian Art; PhD Student, University of Manitoba; Board Member, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
Key Jo Lee, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Isabel Pedersen, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, UOIT; Director, Decimal Lab; Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture

Emily Watlington, Critic, Curator, Assistant Editor at Art in America

Corrinne Chong, Art Historian, Curator, Educator
Samantha Chang, University of Toronto,

Brittany Myburgh, University of Toronto,

Lauryn Smith, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Museum of Art,