Breaking News: Inclusive Design Champion Sina Bahram will be Guest Co-Chair of MW17

Rich and I are delighted to announce that Sina Bahram will be joining us as Guest Co-chair of MW’s 21st conference in Cleveland, Ohio 19-22 April, 2017. Sina Bahram is an internationally recognized expert on inclusive design. His collaboration on the development of the MW17 program and community at our Cleveland meeting will advance the state-of-the-art of accessible technology in the cultural heritage field, and underscores the critical importance of expanding the audiences served by museums, galleries, libraries and archives worldwide.

We are excited by the new ideas, vision, and connections that Sina will bring to the MW17 conference and conversations. Check out the full press release. We look forward to working more closely with Sina and the entire community on making innovation accessible at MW17 and beyond!

Please join us in welcoming Sina Bahram to this new role in the MW community, and feel free to share your ideas and suggestions for MW17 with us all.

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications. Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English. Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal's editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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