Berman Museum is Site for Arts Access Training

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College will open its doors to museum educators, arts education specialists, activities directors and social workers from Alzheimer’s care and assisted living centers, along with others interested in learning how to integrate the arts more fully into the lives of those with disabilities.

During the week of April 23, two internationally-renowned organizations – Art Beyond Sight and ARTZ/Artists for Alzheimer’s – will lead training sessions using the exhibitions and collections of the Berman Museum as training materials. These trainings are the first phase of a Berman Museum project devoted to arts, disability, and access, which will culminate in a fall exhibition titled Access-Ability: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Art for Access, opening in September 2012.

Nina Levent, Executive Director of Art Beyond Sight, will lead a day-long intensive training at the Berman on Tuesday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

Sean Caulfield, co-founder and Creative Director of ARTZ, will lead a workshop for assisted living and Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit social workers and activities directors on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will lead a training session for museum educators on Thursday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caulfield will also give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 about the work of ARTZ and the use of artistic and cultural experiences in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners.

All events and programs are free, but the training sessions are limited to 20 members and require pre-registration.  To register for one or more of the sessions, please call the Museum at 610 409-3500 or email Associate Director Susan Shifrin at sshifrin@ursinus.edu.  When registering, please specify the date(s) of the session(s) you wish to attend.

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative is dedicated to making the visual arts play a vital role in the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired, by providing a forum for ongoing interdisciplinary dialogues among researchers and practitioners, and locally, museum professionals and educators, parents, artists, and art lovers to create vehicles for change in their communities.

The ARTZ mission links artists and cultural institutions to people living with dementia and their care partners, using artistic and cultural experiences to unlock creativity, create new memories, strengthen and develop relationships, and enrich lives. ARTZ has developed partnerships with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louvre Museum in Paris, among others.  The Berman Museum will serve as a regional ARTZ affiliate museum for the greater suburban Philadelphia area.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and  noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays. The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and annual support from Epps Advertising.