Let’s celebrate the creativity of our local visually impaired and blind community!
With funding from the Sprout Fund, the Touch Art project is able to open new art making possibilities for people who are blind or visually impaired in Allegheny County. This traditionally under-served audience will have access to professional art making resources and engaging workshops with specially trained teaching artists.
Touch Art’s six workshops will focus on tactile and three-dimensional art forms such as making memory vessels from fiber, hollow beads made from precious metal clay, hand building clay sound sculptures, and handmade paper. Touch Art creates an inclusive art-making space to develop the untapped creativity and art skills of an audience that has historically lacked access to art making.
The project also offers educational opportunities to local artist-teachers who will receive studio-specific accessibility training. This process will be documented on film and shared with a larger audience of educators in a seminar for artists and educators. Through this educational seminar and public display of work, Touch Art hopes to expand the perceptions of Pittsburgh art-viewers throughout the city.
Working with artists who have visual impairments, art educators who want to make their classes more accessible and art audiences at large, Touch Art hopes to expand the perceptions of Pittsburgh art-viewers throughout the city, not only about aesthetics, but also about the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired.