Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: a Workshop on Visual Literacy
Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
February 22, 2017

Hosted by the International Center of Photography

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, strong visual literacy skills will be increasingly essential to interpreting the information around us. This two-part workshop (morning and afternoon) will provide participants with critical looking skills, as well as tools and techniques for enhancing the visual literacy of others. Part one of this workshop will be held at the International Center of Photography Museum, exploring visual literacy through objects in the exhibit “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change.”  The afternoon session will be hosted at the International Center of Photography School. Through a variety of interactive exercises, this session will explore more advanced visual literacy concepts, and examine how participants might apply their new skills to their own work and institutions. 

Morning: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Travel to ICP School: 12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Afternoon: 1:45-4:45 p.m. (30 minute coffee break)

Day of Information 

For important information about the Feruary 22 workshop, including directions, dining options, and wifi info, please see the following document: vrafoundation.org/downloads/ICPWorkshopInformationSheet.pdf.



Nicole Brown is the Multidisciplinary Instruction Librarian at NYU, where she teaches research workshops to a variety of user groups and works to expand and strengthen the teaching role of librarians. Nicole has given presentations, workshops, and led professional development training on four continents and has written articles for Library Journal and Internet Reference Services Quarterly. Her research interests include innovative teaching practices and incorporating new literacies into teaching and learning environments. As a member of the ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force, she works to promote the integration of visual literacy into library instruction, and co-wrote Visual Literacy for Libraries, an ALA Editions book co-written with the three members of the Visual Literacy Task Force. Nicole earned her MLIS from the Pratt Institute in 2004 and studied workplace education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


"Learning to Look, Looking to Learn" has almost reached its full capacity, so online registration is no longer available. To see if a spot remains in the workshop, please contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, bwhitlow@wustl.eduThe fee for the workshop is $125. 

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting on-site registrations for this workshop.


Cancellations for the VRAF regional workshop will only be accepted until February 8, 2017. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After February 8, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on February 22, 2017, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.


For questions about the ICP venue, please contact Paul Rogers, Director of Content and Programming, International Center for Photography, pRogers@icp.org

Travel to ICP

The International Center of Photography is served by many transit options, including Amtrak, LIRR, Metro-North, the New York City Subway, and several major airports.

Campus workshop locations

Morning location: ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, New York City

Afternoon location: ICP School, 1114 6th Avenue, New York City


We recommend searching booking sites such as TrivagoKayakExpediaBooking.comHotels.com, and Travelocity for hotels in Manhattan. Airbnb and HomeAway also provide excellent options for lodging.

Near ICP Museum

Near ICP School

Dining options near ICP Museum

•          Taïm  (45 Spring Street)

•          Chop't  (54 Spring Street)

•          Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (28 E 1st Street)

•          Cafe Himalaya (78 E 1st Street)

•          Katz's Delicatessen (205 E Houston Street)

Dining options near ICP School

•          Chipotle Mexican Grill  (9 W 42nd Street & 28 W 40th Street)

•          Pax Wholesome Foods  (80 W 40th Street)

•          Le Pain Quotidien Bryant Park  (70 W 40th Street)

•          Panera Bread  (452 5th Avenue)

•          The Kati Roll Company  (49 W 39th Street)

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