Deaf Docent Provides ASL Tours at SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting the most innovative visual art of our time in new and engaging ways. Since its opening in 1995, SITE Santa Fe has been committed to supporting new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences. SITE’s year-round schedule of exhibitions serves as a platform for experimental curatorial approaches, innovative exhibition design, and projects by emerging and established artists. SITE also hosts an Art & Culture series of lectures and performances, as well as an extensive education and outreach program for local schools, all of which attract 20,000-30,000 local, national and international visitors.


Free guided ASL Tours of SITE Santa will happen on the 2nd Friday of each month through December.

SITE Santa Fe is now offering ASL Tours of the museum! Did I mention these museum tours are FREE?! Tours will be provided by native signer, Shira Grabelsky, on the 2nd Friday of each month through December!

The first ASL Tour is this Friday, September 13, at 4:00 PM. SITE would love for people to email an RSVP to Amanda at lee@sitesantafe.org, though they welcome walk-ins if the reservation list is not full. Here is the full list of ASL Tour dates: Friday, September 13, 4PM, Friday, October 11, 4PM, Friday, November 08, 4PM, and Friday, December 13, 4PM. If these designated time don’t work, they are also offering to schedule private tours in ASL, though there may be a fee depending on group size, time and date. Again, you can email Amanda for more information.

I can’t wait to sign up for a tour myself! Thank you SITE Santa Fe for working diligently to provide access to your beautiful museum!

MAKE Santa Fe is Offering ASL Interpreted Workshops

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Megan Goldberg here with RGC Access, and I have some exciting news! We are pleased to announce our new partnership with MAKE Santa Fe! MAKE Santa Fe is a large makers space just off of Siler Road in Santa Fe. It has a large variety of tools, resources, and workshops. They are dedicated to creating a space that is accessible for all and are offering monthly interpreted workshops.

This month MAKE is offering an ASL Interpreted Woodshop Workshop on September 15 from 12:30 to 4:30. Get a broad understanding of navigating a well equipped wood shop while learning the safety basics through practice. In this course makers will begin with unmilled lumber and process it through various wood shop machines to get hands on experience with a variety of tools in the shop resulting in a mini hat rack to take home with them!

I have personally had a chance to explore the space, and I can tell you it is very welcoming with an amazing assortment of tools. My favorite so far is the Laser Cutter and the Sewing Machines! Please click HERE for a detailed list of their tools. I am excited to check out the Woodshop on the 15th and hope to see some of you local ASL users there. To register or for more information, click HERE.

Please spread the word and check back on MAKE’s calendar to see the next ASL interpreted workshop.

MAKE is dedicated to creating a space that is accessible for all and are offering monthly interpreted workshops.

What you’ll learn:

  • Chop sawing longer lumber to size

  • Face jointing to create a reference face

  • Edge jointing to square edge #1

  • Planing to a specific thickness using reference face and proper wood orientation

  • Rip and crosscut table saw instruction to achieve designation size

  • Drill press instruction to achieve both through and depth-designated bores

  • Band saw detailing

Workshop Opportunity Just for You!

RGC Access supports your growth as an interpreter and invites you to participate in our next free workshop/webinar! We are excited to virtually host Danny Maffia while we meet as a group on the CNM campus. Danny is a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. We are so please he is able to present his workshop More or Less: Explicitation and Implicitation in Interpreting at the end of this month.

We are limiting this workshop to 20 attendees, it’s free, and we are offering CEUs. Please RSVP to rdesantis@rgc-access.org as soon as you can before it fills up. There’s nothing better than a free workshop where we can learn with our friends!

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Providing Access to Find Solace

RGC-Access was pleased to be invited to talk with the staff at Solace Crisis Treatment Center in Santa Fe, NM. Solace provides support to individuals experiencing sexual violence and other traumatic events. We commend them for always providing access to interpreting services and we enjoyed the opportunity to present to their staff.

One of our lead interpreters, Rebecca De Santis, teamed up with Mark Ramirez, a local Deaf community member and social worker to create this powerful presentation. Mark talked about Deafness, intersectionality, and the impacts of audism as he engaged the audience to think critically about how to approach work with a Deaf individual experiencing trauma. Rebecca spoke toward the use of Sign Language interpreters, building trust as a team, and the benefits of bringing in Deaf interpreters.

For more information about Solace Crisis Treatment Center, visit their site: https://www.findsolace.org

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New Website, Who Dis?

Hello RGCA Community!

We have some exciting news! We’ve been diligently working to update our website and it is finally here. Yay! We are thrilled to launch the new and improved www.rgc-access.org.

We worked with Santa Fe local web-tech Padraic O’Neill to switch our site from a Wordpress platform to the more modern, easier to work with Squarespace. With our new website, we wanted to showcase our strengths and commitment to this amazing community, while at the same time being user friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

You will notice a few changes, but don’t worry, making an interpreter request is still as easy as ever. Just click on the Request an Interpreter tab, same as before, and fill out our simple request form. It is that easy!

You might also notice that we added more information about who we are individually that make up our well-rounded RGCA team. You can find this info on the Contact Us page. We also added information about contracting with us as an interpreter, and our Bridge to Work internship that is offered once a year to recent grads on our Work With Us page.

“Our most exciting new feature is definitely our Blog, Access News!”

And the most exciting new feature is definitely our new Blog! Access News will provide information about events and will highlight what we are working on in the community. We will also be linking our blog posts to our FaceBook account, so feel free to follow us there, too!

We hope you like our new website as much as we do! See you all in the community soon!

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Bridge to Work Applications Closed

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We are pleased to announce that we had 12 applicants for our Bridge to Work internship program! We are excited that applications have been closed and we will begin interviews next week! We are excited to bring 2-3 new interns into the community with us to provide access for our Deaf community. Let’s train them up and get them certified! We thank the Deaf community in championing us in our efforts to grow quality interpreters in our state.

Congratulations to our previous interns, Tristan Lenzo, Gabby Rivera, Sierra Knight, and Erick Rodriguez! We look forward to working with you all in the community for years to come!