We are thrilled to announce that Hannah Goodwin has joined the Open Door Arts team as our new Part- time Cultural Access and Inclusion Specialist!
Hannah will be supporting ODA in our efforts to help the arts and culture sector in Massachusetts to become more accessible and inclusive and welcoming for people with disabilities. Hannah has deep experience working at the juncture of art and accessibility. A lifelong artist, she has worked with students with disabilities in a variety of settings, from inclusive to substantially separate – eventually teaching art in a middle/high school for students with disabilities. Frustratingly, many students, even with support from the school, encountered barriers when trying to take advantage of arts related opportunities for teens. In 2001, when a grant-funded opportunity at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, focusing on outreach and opportunity for students with disabilities came up, Hannah shifted into the Museum world, excited for the chance to work directly on accessibility in and to the cultural sector. She moved into the Manager of Accessibility position a year later, becoming the Museum’s ADA/504 coordinator – a job that covered all areas of accessibility and connected to departments across the institution. In 2011, Hannah (with colleagues from other organizations) co-founded CANE (Cultural Access New England) and continues to be involved as a member of the Steering Committee. At the MFA, she began leading trainings locally and further afield, which she continues in her current role as Access Consultant and Collaborator, having left the MFA at the end of 2020 to continue the work in new ways. At the heart of all her work has been the belief that the arts belong to everyone, with choice and equity essential.
Please join us in welcoming Hannah to the ODA team!