Off To Miami And #NAMPC 2019

I’m en route to Miami for the 2019 National Arts Marketing Project Conference (#NAMPC) where I’ll be presenting A Content Manager’s Guide To Website Accessibility.

Date/Time/Room

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 11:00am to 12:15pm ET in the Biscayne Ballroom

Session Description

If web accessibility isn’t already on your radar, it should be.  At the heart of accessible design are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), a central element of a series of web accessibility guidelines. While many of the accessibility standards will include items you’ll never see, such as modifications and updates to the code your websites run on, there are several items that must be addressed on the content management level.

The good news is regardless of technical skill level, many accessibility standards are items everyone can address. This session is designed to teach content managers basic web accessibility principles and the corresponding techniques needed to make sure their content is accessible.

During this session, attendees will:

  1. Learn how to use free and paid versions of color contrast checkers to make sure color palettes meet accessibility standards.
  2. Learn how to properly use content headers.
  3. Properly tag digital photos and images so they provide a meaningful experience for visually impaired website visitors.

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If you’re attending the conference, be sure to connect and say hello or set aside some time to talk shop.

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Oh Yes, There Will Be Arts Admin Merit Badges

If you are attending the conference then you have one more reason to come find me: a free #ArtsAdminMeritBadge. But don’t wait too long, I’m only able to stay through Sunday afternoon this year so if you aren’t already planning on going to my session, you’ll need to get your Where’s Waldo? groove on and track me down before this sweet SWAG stash is gone.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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