[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Tactile Tours in Tidewater
scr at univdesign.com
Thu Aug 6 02:19:03 UTC 2009
Dear Mr. Andrews,
I recently met Stuart Prost and his wife Debra,
and may be doing a presentation on the Tactile
tour at your meeting on the 15th of August. I have to confirm that with him.
I have designed and developed a financially
feasible Tactile Tour for Museums and thought I
should share it with your group.
This project has encouraged museums to include
docent led tactile tours for persons who are
blind or have low vision in several local museums
and those around the county and Canada. While
meeting the requirement of Title III of the ADA
for equal program access, it will enable people
who are often neglected in the aesthetic
experience, enjoy art on a very personal level.
I am so pleased to announce that art venues in
Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Williamsburg will
have Tactile Programs this October to celebrate National
Disabilities Awareness Month and Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.
Among these sites are:
* The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk
* The Norfolk University Center of African Art
* The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion University.
* The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia,
* The Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary - where I am a
* The Bayside Library in Virginia Beach
coordinating with local schools, will offer
tactile sculptures around the facility and will
then have selected pieces for permanent
display. Their Special Services will be doing
our Braille and audio descriptions for all of the venues.
* The Virginia Zoo will have tactile handouts for
at least one of their exhibits.
The Chrysler, Muscarelle and the ODU gallery are
planning to have permanent tactile tours.
In addition, the Ceramics, Woodcarving &
Woodworking classes, at the The Norfolk Senior
Center ( PrimePlus) will be doing work in
different mediums and display their tactile piece
with Braille descriptions on view for the month.
I noted that the Contemporary Art Center of
Virginia, Virginia Beach is listed the Art Beyond
Sight Website Calendar. They will be using my
docent tour pamphlet to train their docents and I will be doing their graphics.
I have asked Art Beyond Sight
at <coordinator at artbeyondsight.org> to list
these sites on the calendar website for the month
of October and hope it will be done in time to
advertise it properly. I would appreciate any
assistance from you office to make this happen.
Thank you very much. Looking forward to meeting with your group shortly,
Shirley Confino-Rehder cid, affil aia
Chair, Norfolk Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Chair, South Hampton Roads Disability Services Board
757 625-0969 office
757 513-4880 mobile
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