The conference took place on October 26-28, 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.Conference convenors are Rebecca McGinnis, Nina Levent and Marie Clapot. Conference coordinator: Marie Clapot, 212 334 8723;

The conference addresses inclusive and multisensory learning environments and strategies, particularly in relation to the arts and museums. Our discussions will focus on experiences that involve sound, touch, movement, drama, olfactory and modes of proprioceptive learning. Multimodal learning and creative experiences are meaningful to all audiences including people with disabilities and people with different learning preferences.

Since 2005 this conference has become a forum for cross-disciplinary creative thinking and the exchange of ideas. We will continue to foster dialogue between such diverse disciplines as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education, museum studies, disability and cultural studies, technology, architecture, product design, and media art. Conference participants and organizers aim to define a framework for engaging diverse audiences through multimodal experiences, and identify new trends and innovation in learning and museum practice.

The trademark of this conference has been its diverse cross-disciplinary audience that includes: Museum staff, art educators, teaching artists, special education teachers, therapists, new media artists, researchers, computer engineers and technology specialists, Universal Design advocates, architects, exhibit, and product designers, and graduate students

Registration Form

Official Registration Form PDF can be downloaded here

International Conference

Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, 2012

Post-Conference events at local museums on Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sponsored by
Art Beyond Sight &
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Please complete a copy of this form for each person wishing to attend the conference. Please note: REGISTRATION WILL BE UPON PAYMENT and no refunds will be made for cancellations.  Make check or money order payable to Art Education for the Blind. Please do not send cash.  If you would like to pay by credit card, please call Jan Ingvalson, (212) 650-2010, at the Metropolitan Museum. 

Registration (please print; complete one form for each person attending):

Name: _____________                                                                                                               
Affiliation:                   ____________                                                                                           
Street/City/State/Zip Code/Country:____                                                                                    _____
E-mail Address:                                           _________                                                   _____
Phone:           _______                                            Fax:     ______                                             
I need the following access accommodations:                                    ___________                     
(If you would like to discuss your access requirements, call 1 (212) 650-2010.  If you require any access accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible, and no later than October 5.)

Registration fees:

$250 ($175 for students/ID required)

NYCMER Members (until August 31, 2012)
            $200 NYCMER members ($150 for NYCMER student members/ID required)

Total number of forms enclosed:                                     Total amount enclosed:     ____

Send registration form/payment to:                  Address questions to:
Attn: Conference Coordinator                     
Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind       or call
589 Broadway, 3rd Floor                                         Art Beyond Sight at
New York, NY 10012                                               +1 (212) 334-8723

Please note: NYC Museums will offer tours for conference participants on Sunday, October 28. Registration will be required. More information about these tours will be posted on


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(A lot of B&Bs require a minimum of 2 nights’ stay and are located in Brooklyn).

Note: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on Fifth Avenue between 80th St. and 84th St. in Manhattan. The 4, 5 and 6 subway lines are located nearby. A cross-town bus is available on 79th St – handy if you are staying in a hotel on the West side of Manhattan. (Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan’s East side from the West.) For more information on New York City transportation, go to or or Google Maps.