Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=0

A couple of days ago, the Met displayed its first exhibition of art made by blind/partly sighted people. These artists were part of a class called “Seeing Through Drawing” and their artwork was inspired by the Met’s collection of paintings, sculptures, etc.

The Met has always been a big supporter of accessibility rights for disabled people. They are very flexible in terms of providing accommodations for people with all sorts of disability.  A visitor is able to experience exhibits through sound, scent, touch, imagery, etc.  This article also talked about how the Met is very creative with the accommodations that they made and continue to make in the museum. They go above and beyond the rules required by law, and really go out of their way to make sure disabled people have an amazing and thorough experience.

The Met can be considered a pioneer in accessibility. About 15% of the people in the US are disabled and this number is going to keep increasing. Disabled people cannot continue to be deprived of their rights. For those people, places, and institutions that claim it cannot be done, it really can. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

2 thoughts on “Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities

  1. I think it is great that museums are applying accommodations for disabled visitors. They are using a variety of technologies to give disabled people, ranging from vision and hearing disabilities to autism, an experience close to what abled people receive. One example is the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston giving visitors, abled and disabled, devices to use throughout the tour with the same content on them, demonstrating to disabled people that they are receiving the same experience as abled visitors. Many artists would also be in favor of these changes because art is meant to be appreciated, and expanding the audience to disabled people would benefit not only the art’s fame, but also give disabled visitors a more immerse art experience.

  2. I think this can even be a part of disability culture; interpreting original artworks through one’s sensory perspective and re-imaging them seem like a fascinating idea to me. I believe that may also help the society to see disabled people more positively. It works as a way to show that disabled people are capable of being amazing. Also Met’s accommodations help the society to get used to the accessibility of disabled people in public area. Although there’s still a long way to go for the true equality of disabled people in our society, it is certainly good to see these positive changes of accessibility towards disabled people. Also I’m very impressed of Met’s accommodations for all variety of disabled population. Its sensitive service that is provided for people with all kinds of disability for their best comfort is truly amazing. I hope that other museums and even other places where this kind of service comes useful adapt the accommodation of Met, especially the population with disability is increasing, as Hira mentioned.

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