Rebecca McGinnis, Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca McGinnis is the Museum Educator overseeing Access and Community Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She and her colleagues are recognized internationally for their pioneering programs for visitors with disabilities. In 2011 she received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership and the American Council of the Blind Achievement Award in Audio Description for Museums.

Her publications include Art and the Alphabet: A Tactile Experience (with Ileana Sanchez), an innovative children’s book combining braille, tactile pictures, and images of works of art from the Metropolitan Museum; “Enabling Education: Including People with Disabilities in Art Museum Programming” in From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century, ed. Pat Villenueve, National Art Education Association, 2007; and “Developing Museum Programs for People with Autism” in Understanding Students with Autism through Art, ed. Beverly Levett Gerber and Julia Kellman, National Art Education Association, 2010.

In addition to MA degrees in History of Art (NYU) and Museum Studies (University of Leicester), she is pursuing doctoral research in Cognitive Psychology relating to visual impairment and mental imagery at Teachers’ College, Columbia University.