Is a pioneering program for the blind to experience and appreciate Philippine modern and contemporary art through tactile, braille and audio guides. Only at the MET Museum!
Available during Thursdays and Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM, 2 PM - 4 PM
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Let the blind see. As exaggerated as it sounds, this is, in essence, the challenge that the Metropolitan Museum of Manila has taken upon itself with its recently launched program Touch the Artist’s Vision specifically designed for the visually-impaired. 3.7 million Filipinos are saddled with this condition as of 2002. Few are aware that the Philippines ranks third highest in the world in visually impaired population.
A first in museums throughout the country, and implemented with the generous support of Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte District 3800 together with Resources for the Blind, Data Computer Forms Inc., and Wild Sound Recording Studio, this program now makes a trip to a Met, a visual art museum, a worthwhile experience for those suffering from vision loss. Before this, visiting an art exhibit was a ridiculous and futile activity for the unsighted.
Through special facilities that utilize the other senses, the Met now offers the visually impaired the opportunity to also “see” paintings and have comparable experiences with the sighted museumgoers. These facilities are initially available for two of the Met’s exhibit: Postura, which featuring the portraits painted by Romulo Galicano and Filipiniana wear designed by Patis Tesoro; and Sensorium, tactile works by Allision David. In the future, these facilities will be made available in all the exhibits located within the three floors of the Met.
In pursuit of its thrust to make art truly for all, the Met continues to work with institutions of diverse specialization and resources to further enhance the impact of the Touch the Artist’s Vision program.
Touch the Artist’s Vision (TAV) is available in the permanent and changing exhibitions. The audience is invited to touch gold ornaments and ancient pottery as well as paintings and sculptures from these exhibitions.