At the Miami Art Museum, they believe in art for all, which is why they allowed some special guests to have a hands-on experience. (Published Friday, Apr 1, 2011)
Going to an art exhibit is a visual experience, but at the Miami Art Museum they believe in art for all - including those who are losing or have lost their sense of sight. Beauty is in the hands of these beholders.
MAM put together a special "touch tour" for a group from the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
“The touch tour is different from any art I've seen before, where you actually get something out of it, not just someone trying to describe it,” said Scott Tremon, who has been blind for four years.
The general policy in art museums is do not touch to protect the pieces. This multisensory exhibit was customized.
“We were able to work with the curators and make a list of several artworks that, with the gloves, as the curators use themselves, our clients would be able to touch and enjoy the shape and the textures,” explained Kerry Keeler, curator for outreach programs.
Nelba Gonzalez is hoping this will inspire her students.
“For this group it's very special," said Gonzalez. "They have an art class at Miami Lighthouse with me and they love to do art.”
Victor Brown enjoyed it.
“I found it interesting the different sculptures, the different architecture,” Brown said.
Sarah Mekertin has lost much of her vision to glaucoma, but she can still see. She said being able to also touch the art enhanced her experience.
“You get a sensation through your hands that even if you have some sight you don't get just by looking at it," Mekertin said. "It just goes through your body and it's a very energizing feeling because you can feel the vibrations.”
The touch programs will be expanding when the Miami Art Museum moves into it's new building at Bicentennial Park in 2013.