We know that blind people can do anything, and that includes creating and enjoying art. It just needs to be tactilely accessible to us. Since 2014, we’ve partnered with Arapahoe Community Colloege’s Dept. of Art and Design in an art show that does just that. It’s the entire Colorado Gallery of the Arts filled with art pieces that not only permit, but require that you put your hands on them! All are made by ACC students or CCB students and staff.
Yes, it’s ACC’s Shared Visions Tactile Art Show at ACC’s Colorado Gallery of the Arts. Tactile art is one of our enrichment classes at the Center, because living the lives we want goes beyond our core classes of Braille, Cane Travel, Home Management, and Accessible Technology, or even our challenge classes like rock climbing and skiing. Tactile access to art is something few blind people have ever experienced, and our decades-old art program and ACC’s Art and Design faculty and students are making that change happen!
The photos here come from the November 9 opening reception. Independence Training Program (ITP) students and staff attended, along with ACC students and faculty and members of the public. Some others are from a trip our Seniors Program made to the gallery on November 14.
Yes, blindness skills are important, just as challenging ourselves is important. But it is also important to challenge the spirit through access to the arts.