Welcome to the Center for the Visual Arts CVA Gallery

Welcome to the CVA Gallery. We are Brookdale Community College’s academic art and design gallery, located in The Center for the Visual Arts building on the Lincroft Campus in Monmouth County New Jersey.

February 6, 2024

Alt-Text as Poetry

This spring the CVA Gallery, with Brookdale’s DEI services, is partnering with Bojana Coklyat and Shannon Finnegan to bring their “Alt-Text as Poetry” workshop to Brookdale, teaching us how to increase equitable access to visual art and design. Together, we will learn how to write creative alt-text to describe art and design images on digital platforms for those with low and no vision. This free, online workshop is open to everyone, and will be based on Bojana and Finnegan’s open-source resource, “Alt Text as Poetry” workbook.

Event: Disability Justice: Alt-Text, Diversity

Time: Tue, Feb. 6, 2024; 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: Online, click here for Zoom link

Contact: Angela Kariotis with your questions

As an extension of this workshop, the CVA Gallery will be collaborating with Brookdale’s Learning Center (TLC) to design a companion website showcasing a selection of photographs from our upcoming exhibit, Experience & Reality: Intersections of Identity, Design and Imagination in 20th and 21st Century Photography for those with low and no vision. The website will feature alt-text as poetry written by specific workshop participants, as well as alt-text written by Artificial Intelligence for each photograph. By putting human written alt-text side by side with computer written alt-text we are hoping to learn more about how the two might differ, and what issues may arise as an increasing amount of alt-text is AI generated.

While everyone is invited to participate in the Alt-text as Poetry website, we are actively seeking students, faculty, staff or community members who would be able to attend the workshop to learn how to write alt-text for artwork, and then write alt-text for one of the seven photographs on the companion website. You would, in essence, become a steward for one specific photograph, and your alt-text will be included, and credited, on the CVA Gallery website. If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please email CVA Gallery manager Elisa Elorza at eelorza@brookdalecc.edu.
For more information about the exhibition, the associated events, and gallery times, please visit the CVA Gallery Current Exhibition