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Faculty

Art Education (MAT)

“As you think, so shall you be.”

Trish Maunder is an art educator and an accessible program designer and consultant for museums and cultural institutions. She is a firm believer in universal design that is inclusive of everyone.

Biography
Trish Maunder has been involved in art and art education for the past 40 years. She holds a BEd in Art from the University of Winchester, England, and an MA in Art Education from UArts. 

In addition to teaching Art and Inclusionary Education at UArts, Maunder is creative director of Philly Touch Tours, an educational organization that promotes accessibility in museums and cultural institutions. As the parent of a blind daughter, now in her 30s, Maunder became deeply interested in accessibility and integrated it into her love of the arts. She also works with the New York City–based nonprofit foundation InterRelations Collaborative, which creates Peace Story quilts with City University of New York schools and other organizations in the tristate area.

Experience

  • In Maunder’s work with Philly Touch Tours, she has been designing and hosting accessible and touch-based programs with museums and cultural institutions for many years. Maunder has presented at many art and educational conferences on the topic of accessible design and disability sensitivity.  
  • As a teaching artist with the nonprofit organization InterRelations Collaborative and its  painted story quilt program, she meets many young people across a variety of disciplines as they come together to make art. 

Websites: 
Visit Philly Touch Tours. 

Follow Philly Touch Tours on Facebook. 

Visit InterRelations Collaborative. 

Work

A group of people place drawn images on a table.

 

A blind man feels a wall of indentations

“This Museum Gives Its Blind Visitors Access With a Special Touch,” NBC News, July 9, 2016

“Hands-on Philly Tour Company Opens a World of Senses Beyond Sight,” WHYY, April 28, 2016 

Awards & Accolades
Maunder was recognized with a 2014 Art Reach Cultural Access Award for Penn Museum’s Touch Tours.