Who We Are

MACA is a consortium of professionals

working together to enhance the accessibility of Michigan’s cultural institutions for people of all abilities.

Founded in 2016, MACA provides a forum for sharing best practices, ideas, and resources focused around making cultural institutions more welcoming and inclusive.

Founding organizations were the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Arab American National Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoological Society, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Michigan Science Center, and The Henry Ford.

Twelve MACA members stand for a picture during a meeting in November 2017.

MACA's Members:

Member Organizations:

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Anton Art Center
Arab American National Museum
Bloomfield Township Public Library
capital area district libraries
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Cranbrook Art Museum
CultureSource
Dearborn Public Library
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Zoological Society
Eastern Michigan University
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Ella Sharp Museum
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Holocaust Memorial Center
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ladies’ Library Association of Kalamazoo
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Meadow Brook Hall
Michigan Science Center
mid-michigan autism association
Midland Center for the Arts
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Riverside Arts Center
Ruth Mott Foundation/Applewood Estate
The Arts Alliance
The Henry Ford
The Petting Farm at Domino's Farms
Troy Public Library
University Musical Society
University of Michigan Museum of Art
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Wayne Historical Museum
wayne state university
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Wild Swan Theater
Yankee Air Museum

Our Board


 
Caroline Braden Photo

Caroline Braden

Executive Chair
 

Caroline Braden is the Accessibility Specialist at The Henry Ford, a position that she has held since 2015.  In her role at The Henry Ford, Caroline's work includes planning and implementing offerings and programs for people who are blind/have low vision, deaf/hard of hearing, on the autism spectrum, and who have dementia.  In 2016, Caroline received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Award for Emerging Leaders.  She has presented on accessibility at regional and national museum conferences and has published an article for the University of Michigan's Working Papers series entitled, "Welcoming All Visitors: Museums, Accessibility, and Visitors with Disabilities."  Caroline holds a MA in Educational Studies, a Museum Studies Graduate Certificate, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.

 
Jenny Angell Photo

Jenny Angell

Vice Chair
 

Jenny Angell has been working at the Detroit Institute of Arts since 2010. In her current position as Associate Educator in the Education Programs Department, she organizes the DIA’s educator professional development programs and workshops. She also compiles and reports the audience participation statistics for the Learning & Audience Engagement Division and coordinates all aspects of the annual Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Art Exhibition. A suburban Detroit native, she has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and History from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her thesis work focused on increasing accessibility to historic artists’ homes and studios for visitors who are blind or visually impaired.

 
Elena SV Flys Photo

Elena SV Flys

Administrative & Financial Chair
 

Dr. SV Flys is an Assistant Professor in Arts & Entertainment Management (Arts Administration) at Eastern Michigan University. She grew up in Madrid, Spain. She has two bachelor degrees, one in Theatre and the other in Advertising & Public Relations. In 2010 she started combining her professional life with her doctoral studies in Audience Reception and Accessibility, earning 4 Master Degrees and a Ph.D. Her belief is that social issues, such as embracing diversity or dealing with economic and environmental crises can be addressed through the arts, fostering community development. Her most recent publication “ADA and Communication Accessibility in Theatre” was published in CultureWork this past May of 2018.

 
Bree Boettner

Bree Boettner

Interim Communications Chair
 

Bree Boettner is the Manager of School Programs at the Detroit Historical Society in Detroit, Michigan and has been with the organization since February 2016. In her role, she oversees on-site programs, including school tours, workshops and specialty programs and partnerships, at the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Dossin [daw-sin] Great Lakes Museum. She also develops and implements outreach offerings for adult learners and corporate partners of the museums.

 
Jennifer Taggart Photo

Jennifer Taggart

programming Chair
 

Jennifer Taggart is the Assistant Department Head of Youth Services and Special Needs Collection Librarian at the Bloomfield Township Public Library. Jen has enjoyed being a youth librarian for almost 20 years. She collaborated with special education teachers and therapists to develop the Special Needs Collection at the Bloomfield Township Public Library (btpl.org/youth/special-needs) and adaptive library programs. She has presented on inclusion and accessibility in library services and collection development nationally, in addition to developing the biennial Adaptive Umbrella Workshop. Jen also co-created and serves as chair of the Special Needs Services Roundtable (SNSR) of Michigan librarians providing services for children, teens, and adults with special needs. You can also find her on adaptiveumbrella.blogspot.com.