Berman Museum Accessibility Workshops Canceled

The Berman Museum workshops scheduled for Nov. 3 and 4 have been canceled due to storm aftermath issues.

These workshops have been canceled.

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

On Nov. 3 and 4, two internationally-known organizations – Art Beyond Sight and ARTZ/Artists for Alzheimer’s – will lead afternoon workshops at the Berman Museum. These workshops will make use of the recently opened Berman Museum exhibition devoted to arts, disability, and access: Access-Ability: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Art for AccessAccess-Ability runs through Dec. 3, and provides material for “accessible” tours geared toward  visitors with disabilities and others wishing to engage with works of art in new ways, using multiple senses.

Nina Levent, Executive Director of Art Beyond Sight, will lead an afternoon workshop Nov. 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., which will focus on the practice of “verbal description,” a critical gateway approach for facilitating engagement with art on the part of those with vision impairment.

Marian Brown, Associate Director of ARTZ, will lead a workshop on Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. She will briefly introduce the work of ARTZ as an organization to those not yet familiar with it, and then focus the interactive workshop on strategies for engaging people on an individual basis, using the creative arts and museum resources to reach out to visitors with dementia and to become more inclusive of all.

These programs are free, but the Saturday workshop is limited to 30 members and requires pre-registration. To register for one or both of the sessions, please call the Museum at 610-409-3500 or email Associate Director Susan Shifrin at When registering, please specify whether you wish to attend the Art Beyond Sight workshop (Saturday) or the ARTZ workshop (Sunday) or both  workshops.

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative is dedicated to facilitating ways for the visual arts to 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 is the only ARTZ affiliate museum in the greater suburban Philadelphia area.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, 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 visitors with disabilities, 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.