ABS: Verbal Description Tours — Albright-Knox Art Gallery

ABS: Verbal Description Tours — Albright-Knox Art Gallery


I’m Mariann Smith, curator of education
at the albright knox art gallery. One of the first things that we decided
to try for blind and visually impaired visitors was to have an audio
description tour where they could take an audio wand like all of our other visitors, go out in the galleries and not only have the painting or sculpture explained to
them but have it described to them as well and this seemed to work quite well, we had
an opening breakfast where we tried it out and people seemed to like it. When our current Matter at Hand
coordinator Julie Cox got here she decided she wanted to try to offer
monthly verbal description tours to any audience that wanted to sign up
and they could be visually impaired or they could be sighed, she thought it
would be interesting to anyone who wanted to come. And what we discovered is that when you
actually have someone out in the museum with you, you can have a dialogue, maybe
the visual description you’re doing isn’t working exactly for them and you
can tailor it as you go. One thing that surprised us was that
many visually impaired visitors are very interested in color and some aren’t. If you’re listening to an audio once you get what you get, you can’t stop it, you can’t ask it questions you can’t ask for elaboration on anything that
interests you, but we’re hoping that these monthly visual description tours
will really build up an audience. Just a few people at a time that’s
the best because then you can really have a dialogue about what you’re
looking at.

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