March Museum Workshops Focus on Accessibility

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art 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 general audience interested in learning how to integrate the arts more fully into the lives of those with disabilities.


On March 23 and 24, two internationally-renowned organizations – Art Beyond Sight and ARTZ/Artists for Alzheimer’s – will lead afternoon workshops at the Berman Museum. These workshops will make use of current Berman Museum exhibitions to explore 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 March 23 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 March 24, also 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 of charge and open to the public, 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 register online here.  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 a member of the ARTZ Museum Network and is accessible to visitors with disabilities.  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.