Introduction to Captioning workshop on January 11

People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can increasingly access the words and sounds of television, movies, plays, concerts, lectures, etc. through the use of captioning. Two key providers of captioning in the Twin Cities will discuss various methods of projecting words on screens, sets, LED units and smartphones at a free presentation in early January.

What: Introduction to Captioning.
When: Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.
Where: Minnesota History Center, Education Wing, Deluxe Classroom, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul..
Presented by: Minnesota Access Alliance (MNAA).

Capacity added! Due to overwhelming interest in this workshop we’ve changed rooms and added more seats so you now have until the end of *Wednesday at 5pm* to register for Intro to Captioning!

Description: Focused on people who work in cultural organizations who wish to consider expanding their use of captioning, the workshop will share options available for live events and web videos via open captioning (seen by everyone on a digital LED unit, projections, supertitles, etc.) or closed captioning (seen only by the user on devices such as smartphones).

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Lisa Richardson

Presenter A: Lisa Richardson, vice president of CART and Captioning Services for Paradigm Reporting & Captioning, Inc., in Minneapolis. Lisa was the first person in Minnesota to provide broadcast captioning (1988) and CART captioning services (1990). Among the many people and venues for whom she has provided CART and captioning services are the Dalai Lama, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gopher football, Minnesota United soccer, Minnesota Wild hockey, Minnesota Timberwolves basketball, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Ordway and more.
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Hunter Gullickson

Presenter B: Hunter Gullickson, accessibility manager at the Guthrie Theater. Hunter, a 2017 Sally Ordway Irvine Award in Accessibility, spearheads the Guthrie’s access programs such as American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, open captioning, Braille publications and the T.O.P. financial access initiative. He also looks beyond the performance experience to ensure that Guthrie facilities welcome people of all abilities. His influence reaches many local arts organizations by providing access equipment and consulting.
Register: The event is free, but pre-registration is requested by January 5 at Eventbrite or by email to
Details: Light refreshments will be available.
Directions and Parking info:
Access: Open captioning will be provided. For additional accommodations, contact Maren Levad at 651-259-3480 or
Funding: Funding for this event is provided by the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Arts Board and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Host: The Minnesota Access Alliance was formed in 2016 by local cultural accessibility administrators to “raise the bar for accessibility across the culture and arts sectors.” For updates, go to its Facebook page or email
Co-chairs: Emma Allen of the Bell Museum and Planetarium, 612 626 1897 or, and Natalie Kennedy, access coordinator at the Minnesota State Arts Board, 651-215-1617 or
Communication contacts: Claire Ross, Minnesota, Zoo, 952-431-9364,, and Jon Skaalen, VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888,
Other steering committee members represent the Children’s Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Interact Center, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Orchestra, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

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