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Alt-Text As Poetry Workshop

May 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Image Description: A hand holds up a peach-coloured paper that reads “Artists for Alt-Text” in handwritten, dark blue letters. The background is a marbly, dark green floor.
Image Description: A hand holds up a peach-coloured paper that reads “Artists for Alt-Text” in handwritten, dark blue letters. The background is a marbly, dark green floor.

ALT-TEXT As Poetry Workshop
(This is a TALK BACK Workshop)

Saturday, May 11, 3-5pm

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Alt-text is a key building block of web accessibility, allowing blind people and people with low vision to access visual content. Often it is seen through the lens of compliance, as an unwelcome burden that needs to be met with minimum effort. How can we instead approach alt-text thoughtfully and creatively? In this workshop, we will reframe alt-text as a type of poetry and practice writing it together.

You do not need to bring anything to the workshop, nor have any prior experience with Alt-text.

Shannon Finnegan, the facilitator, makes work about disability culture and access. She has done projects with The Invisible Dog and the Wassaic Project, and is working on a new project with Friends of the High Line. She has spoken at the Brooklyn Museum, School for Poetic Computation, The 8th Floor, and The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. In 2018, she received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. In 2019, she is a resident at Eyebeam.

Alt-text as Poetry is presented as part of TALK BACK, an exhibition that centers the lives and leadership of disabled artists and organizers.

TALK BACK is curated by Lexy Ho-Tai and Moira Williams.


Flux Factory gallery and ground floor, gender-neutral bathroom is ADA Accessible. No ID or fee necessary for entry. Free tap water is available as are chairs with backs.

The closest subway stations with street level elevators is Queens Plaza (E, M, R trains), and 21st Street Queensbridge (F Train). MTA Elevator and Escalator Status. TALK BACK will include audio guides and large-print and braille versions of written work. There is a quiet space within the gallery with low-level lighting, earplugs, chairs, cushions, eye masks, and reading material. Service animals are welcome. Please arrive fragrance free and with quiet phones. Thank you!

Please feel free to contact curators Lexy Ho-Tai or moira williams at about access needs and questions. If you require ASL interpretation or real-time captioning, please reach out by May 4, 2019, if possible. Thank you!

TALK BACK is made possible through in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, Disability/Arts/NY a generous donation from Joe Cardillo, and supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Create NYC Disability Forward Fund Enjoy Life

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May 11, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Flux Factory
39-31 29th street
Long Island City, NY 1 United States
(347) 669-1406
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