Rachel wants to increase the inclusion of blind people in community experiences. With the Holman Prize, she would create a toolkit to help choirs be more accessible to blind and visually impaired people who wish to join.
The NeZaMi Ensemble of Vladimir, Dilyara, Minullin and Chagin play fifteen instruments between them. With the Holman Prize, they would travel to Israel to perform with a troupe of Deafblind theater actors.
A professor in performing arts technology at the school of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan, Sile O’Modhrain brings a wide breadth of personal and professional skill to the Holman Prize committee. With past careers in sound engineering, technology, music and more – and passionate study in the fields of arts, assistive technology, and haptics – O’Modhrain is constantly in search of better ways for blind people to access information and work in the world.
Rachel, a psychotherapist and singer, would use the Holman Prize to travel both the United States, and around the world to countries like Russia and Tanzania, teaching pre-existing vocal choirs how to make their organizations more accessible and accommodating for blind and low-vision participants.
James, an artist and musician, would use the Holman Prize to travel to all 50 states, collecting short interviews for an app dedicated to hosting inspiring, encouraging and challenging content for blind people.
Manuel, an assistive technology instructor who has also studied music in Cuba for more than twenty years, would use the Holman Prize to teach Cuban music to large groups of students, as well as upgrading the assistive technology he uses in his lessons and purchasing more instruments.