Friday, May 8, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual via Zoom

Join Harvard Dance Center staff in a virtual training session led by Harvard Dance Center 2020 Visiting Artist Kerry Thompson around inclusion best practices for digital communication and programming in the arts. The session will include topics on:

  1. Creating accessible social media
  2. Creating accessible website content
  3. How to do outreach to people with disabilities for events
  4. How to have an accessible event
  5. How to have accessible virtual programming

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as our community grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to remember the disability community, particularly now as we consider what physical/social distancing means for people with disabilities. We have turned to virtual platforms to stay connected, to continue to educate, and to share our skills and passion for the arts. In this new era of relying on virtual space, we ask, how can people with disabilities be included? 

This session is currently at maximum capacity. If you would like to be put on a waitlist in case spots open up, please email Elizabeth Epsen at

DATE: Friday, May 8, 2020
TIME: 10:00-11:00am EST
VIA ZOOM: Instructions sent upon rsvp 

This session is open to Harvard staff and faculty. If you plan to attend, please rsvp by May 5, 2020 and you will be sent a link to join via Zoom. We hope you will join us!

Remote CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translationlive captioning will be provided. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact Elizabeth Epsen, Communications & Programs Coordinator for Dance, at epsen@fas. in advance of your participation.

Headshot of Kerry Thompson. She is a white woman with long brown hair and she is wearing black blazer and a string of pearls. She is smiling and looking directly at the camera.ABOUT KERRY THOMPSON
Kerry M. Thompson Ed.M. '08 is the Founder & Executive Director for Silent Rhythms, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving inclusion in the arts while conversely using the arts to promote inclusion in society. She is a renowned dance instructor and has performed worldwide including in Paris and Havana. Thompson has taught more than 5,000 people with disabilities including those who are Deaf and DeafBlind as well as more than 10,000 people without disabilities over the last ten years.  In 2013, she was casted as the Angel Mama in Wheelock Family Theater’s production of Pippi Longsotcking. She has been featured in Boston GlobeBoston Herald, and ABC News’ More In Common

In addition, Thompson is also the Inclusion & Analytics Officer for the Disability Rights Fund where she has worked since 2008 to advance human rights and United Nations treaties for marginalized populations in the developing world.  Her unique background in human rights, dance, and diverse cultures adds a richness to her teaching style. She completed a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education with a focus on international law and human rights. She was named a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2016-2017 White House Fellowship Finalist.

The Harvard Dance Center Visiting Artist Series is supported by The Office for the Arts (OFA) in addition to partners.