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Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month @Museums

Today's museum community is becoming more inclusive. It is open to people from all walks of life, including people with disabilities, children with special needs and their families, seniors who are losing their sight, and people who are blind or visually impaired. Successful museum educators actively foster dynamic interaction with members of their special constituencies and seek their feedback.

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative recognizes that art education and exposure to the arts are crucial for advancement of many key issues in the education and rehabilitation of people who are blind. Art can be used as a tool in overcoming many of the daily living issues faced by people who are blind. Throwing museum doors open plays a vital role in enabling people who are blind and visually impaired to be more active in their communities, to develop new skills through the arts, and, in some cases, to find employment in the arts and at museums.

Events for Awareness Month:

Reaching Out to Your Museum Team:
You know just how important it is for your staff, docents, and volunteers to be informed about their audience and feel reassured about what they are doing. Welcoming visitors with a range of different visual impairments in the museum poses unique challenges. There are a few simple things you can do to meet these challenges in conjunction with the Awareness Month. You'll find that a small effort will go a long way.

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Reaching Out to Your Community:
So you've got your program up and running, and you are looking to reach out to blind people and their families in your neighborhood. Or you're thinking about establishing a program and are working to create a strong advisory board or working group that will help you though this process. Blind people are often leery of the idea of visiting museums. That's partly because they don't know how you will receive them, and partly because they are skeptical themselves that there is anything there they can do. Prove them wrong! Awareness Month is your opportunity to show the blind people in your community not only how that they can enjoy museum visits, but also that they are wanted at their local museums, as visitors, program participants, advisors, docents, and volunteers.

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See Art Beyond Sight Collaborative Resources ideas to use in putting together an art show, such as a call for entries and an announcement template.

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