Several trainings are available this summer for people to learn about Audio Description (AD), which is a service that makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, objective and imaginative, a describer convey the visual images in plays, TV, film, visual art, museum exhibits etc. for some of the more than 21 million Americans who experience significant vision loss.
Moorhead, July 22-24 –
The Hjemkomst Center (202 1st Ave. N.) will host an Arts Access Now training by Deborah Lewis and Ruth Feldman of Audio Description Solutions LLC. The intensive 2-day training will focus on learning the skill of audio describing live performances and museum exhibits. Space is limited and auditions are requested. Auditions are free and can be done independently at home or work with a computer and digital recorder. The $100 fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for both days; all materials and follow-up support. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Travelodge Hotel and Suites at 3027 South Frontage Road (HWY 10 East), Moorhead. The deadline for the AD training group rate of $104.95 per night is June 22: 218-233-5333. For training information of audition, call or email Sherry Shirek or call 701-781-3055. (This activity is made possible by grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.)
Pittsburgh, July 31-August 1 –
The Kennedy Center’s annual LEAD Conference (Leadership Exchange on Arts & Disability) has two different audio description trainings as part of its pre-conference Capacity Building Workshops.
Developing Audio Description Skills will be presented by Deborah Lewis and Ruth Feldman of Audio Description Solutions LLC. They are also two of the founders of the Audio Description Coalition, which developed description standards and Code of Professional Conduct. Their two-day (9:00 to 5:30) interactive workshop allows participants both new to the service and those currently describing to learn and apply “3 Core Skills” to the process of audio description for museum/exhibits (visual arts, zoos/aquariums) and live performances (theatre/dance) in extended practice sessions. Fee is $425, and registration must be received by July 1, 2016.
Pittsburgh, August 2 –
Audio Description for Dance will be offered from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the LEAD Conference. It is co-presented by Alyssa Herzog Melby, Northfield Arts Guild executive director, and Ermyn King, an Audio Describer and Independent Inclusive Arts Education/Universal Arts Access Consultant. It will focus on strengthening one’s ability to perceive and relay the elements of dance/movement’s visual imagery through demonstration and hands-on participation, and thus help build dance audiences, enhance instruction in and about dance, and generate enriched connections and access to dance for an expanded population base. It will cover various genres of dance, musical theatre, opera and physical theatre, pre-performance sensory seminars and dance education or workshops, and integrate consumer, trainer, and peer feedback into the learning process. Fee is $190.
Register for the conference or individual workshops at LEAD.