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Celia Hughes

Executive Director, Art Spark Texas

Celia Hughes has over 40 years experience working in the arts as producer, audio describer, artist and administrator. She has worked alongside people with disabilities for over 30 years. At Art Spark Texas, she has trained and coordinated audio describers and has provided AD services in Austin and across Texas for over 20 years.

In 2001, Celia produced “The Art of Audio Description” a five-part video training series. She has described performances across the country, including an Inclusive By Design concert by jazz pianist Henry Butler recorded at the WGBH studios in Boston, MA, and the world premier of the documentary “The Eyes of Me,” at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. She has helped launch audio description programs in numerous Texas communities as well as across the country. Currently, Celia and her describer team partner with AST CaptionSync to provide audio description for a wide range of educational videos and other online teaching resources.

Celia is co-founder of the Audio Description Coalition, an international group of individuals dedicated to the professional advancement of audio description in the areas of recreation, employment and culture, and also participates with the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind. In 2010, the Audio Description Coalition (ADC) launched its Capacity Building Project at the LEAD conference, (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) organized by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ADC members, including Ms. Hughes, developed and tested a curriculum that promotes professional audio description for media, performance and museums. She has led professional training workshops for around the world; most recently, for the Taiwan National Ministry of Culture and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Perhaps her best describing experience to date is Sight. Sound. Soul., a described, captioned and ASL interpreted live music and painting performance, a truly barrier-free event. Ms. Hughes holds a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Speech Pathology from Plattsburg State College, New York.


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