Eyebeam has prioritized accessibility and inclusion for all in-person and digital programs. At present, we are centering the voices of disabled artists in our flagship fellowship, The Democracy Machine and all Eyebeam fellows now participate in a digital accessibility workshop.
Previously, we have supported artist-led works like Alt-text as Poetry, a multi-year exploration of the poetic potential of image descriptions by Bojana Coklyat and Eyebeam Artist Shannon Finnegan (2019). From 2019-2020, with the help of Eyebeam, Shannon and Bojana held Alt-text as Poetry workshops with more than 15 arts and culture organizations throughout New York City. And in 2020, Coklyat and Finnegan published an Alt-text as Poetry workbook in print and digital formats, along with a project website and public launch that Eyebeam hosted. For that same residency year, Eyebeam artist Yo-Yo Lin (2020) built a multi-platform journal that includes photography, writing, poetry, and different types of experiential-based events from people who want to share their stories and experiences with illness. As Yo-Yo described, “The goal is to take all this information, understand it ourselves, and have the opportunity to talk from a place of shame or needing help—but, as a way of sharing and [engaging in] group solidarity.”