Alert-3-2006doc - Art Beyond Sight

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Alert-3-2006doc - Art Beyond Sight

    Art Beyond Sight Awareness Alert III


    Art Education for the Blind’s

    Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is going strong!

    Celebrate October, 2006

    Awareness Month is a chance for museums, libraries, schools and other community institutions even individuals to showcase the work they are doing to promote art

    education for people who are blind or visually impaired. The 152 organizations

    celebrating this year’s Awareness Month are posted on our Web site at Their public activities are found on the site’s Awareness Month Calendar at (Please note: You

    can access the Awareness Month Calendar of Events directly from the Web site’s home page by clicking on “calendar” in the bottom guide bar.)

    People who are blind both CAN and SHOULD have access to the world’s visual

    culture. They should take their place in the arts and museum communities, as participants, contributors, and employees.


    Last year, Art Beyond Sight Awards honored organizations that had formed strong community partnerships to make art accessible to all. This year, we invited Awareness Month participants to nominate valuable volunteers for special Art Beyond Sight awards. Awards went to the following outstanding individuals for their dedication to their organization’s access programming:

    ; Aileen Mandel, The Art Institute of Chicago

    ; Seymour Hoffman, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL

    ; Claude Garrandes, Cité des Sciences, Paris

    ; Charlene Monahan Spearen, Columbia Museum of Art, SC

    ; Sarah Marei, The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

    ; Robin Tunick, The Jewish Guild For The Blind, NYC

    ; Gina Romano, Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore

    ; Arthur H. Stampleman, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

    ; Pamela Czapla, The Pennsylvania State University, Library Services for Persons

    with Disabilities, University Park

    ; Helen Gokbudak, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

    ; Robert Qualters, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Pittsburgh

Congratulations, all!

    NEWCOMERS TO ART BEYOND SIGHT AWARENESS MONTH 2006: Part II Focus On the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, and

    the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul is a private fine arts museum that, says Eti

    Cukuril, “is the first and most probably the only museum in Turkey that has a program for the blind.” Its building was the residence of the Sabanci family until 1999; it is located in Emirgan, on the European side of the Bosphorus. Part of Sabanci University, the museum opened in June 2002 and has made its special exhibitions accessible for the past year. The most recent special exhibit was “Master Sculptor Rodin in Istanbul,” featuring a remarkable collection of bronze sculptures from the Musée Rodin in Paris. The photos below show visually impaired museum visitors exploring artworks in the Rodin exhibition.