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Making art accessible to low-vision visitors

Today's blog post was written by Jennifer Todd, Manager of Docent Programs, and the IMA’s Accessibility Core of Docents.

The IMA wants to share art with everyone, including those with vision loss and other disabilities. We welcome the opportunity to offer monthly tours for blind and low vision visitors to be guided by touch and description through the Museum’s permanent collection. The Touch & Audio Descriptive Tours, which are open to the public, take place on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am — including this Saturday, December 7.

low_vision_tourTwo interactive approaches are offered during these public tours. The Touchable approach offers visitors of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience original works of art through their sense of touch. Visitors are provided with nitrile gloves, while museum educators guide their touching and describe the work of art. The Audio Description approach offers visitors, along with their families, companions or caregivers, the opportunity to engage in a discussion of works of art through the use of descriptive narration and participant interaction. Tours include a combination of both approaches. Group sizes are small and interaction is encouraged.

If you, or someone you know, are looking for an opportunity to get in touch with art — we invite you to join us!

Reservations for these tours is recommended, and can be made by contacting Wendy Wilkerson at GroupTours@imamuseum.org. Visitors may also schedule a private group tour by appointment.

Filed under: Art, Audience Engagement, Education

One Response to “Making art accessible to low-vision visitors”

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    This is a excellent idea and program that many museums and galleries across the country should consider. Sculptures being dimensional objects make the perfect art form for the visually impaired to appreciate and enjoy!

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