Monday, September 25, 2006

Visually impaired to experience art

Source: ekathimerini

On October 8, visitors to the National Archaeological Museum will enjoy a performance featuring fairy tales and myths about Eros, as well as being able to touch an original sculpture of the god of love.

For the first time ever, Greece’s largest museum, the National Archaeological Museum, will participate in an event celebrated every October by museums and art centers worldwide - Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month. The event, an initiative of the New York-based international organization Art for the Blind (AEB), is dedicated to blind or visually impaired people who are usually excluded from appreciating works of art in museums.

Benefits of art

With specially adapted programs and educational materials, a visit to a museum and contact with art in general can be very fruitful for visually impaired people. Such contact can help them to create mental images and lead to the development of linguistic and other skills. It can cultivate a critical mind, boost self-confidence and can also provide learning opportunities in a stimulating environment.

Therefore, on October 8, the National Archaeological Museum will host a performance by the Paramythosendouko group between 11 a.m. and noon. The group, which consists of narrator Niki Kapari and musicians Yiannis Pseimadas and Evi Mazi, will narrate fairy tales and myths about Eros, the naughty son of the ancient goddess Aphrodite, for visually impaired primary schoolchildren.

After the performance, the children will have an opportunity to touch one of the museum’s original sculptures of the young Eros sleeping and then make up their own story about the character.

National Archaeological Museum, 44 Patission Street. Admission is free of charge and reservations can be made by calling 210.821.7724, 210.821.7717.

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