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2020 Events

LOUIS BRAILLE: A TACTILE STORY
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

To celebrate National Braille Month, we honor Louis Braille, the twelve-year-old boy who invented the code now used worldwide by people who are blind to read and write. Participants will rely on their sense of touch to examine various artifacts and facsimiles from our collection, using techniques used by museum curators to help reveal what stories each has to tell us about Louis Braille’s life and legacy. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

MIXED MEDIA MOZAICS
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Do people who are blind or visually impaired create art? Of course they do! Our guest artist, Patrice Ising, returns to help us explore how the elements of art appeal to our sense of touch as well as our sense of sight. Mosaics are an ancient art form, generally made from chips of colored stone or glass that reveal a picture or pattern. Our mosaics will combine textures and layers, shapes and forms, to create beautiful one-of-a-kind tactile art pieces. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BRAILLE READERS THEATER
We’ve had to cancel the event for this weekend because of the Coronavirus. It will be rescheduled.

APH’S Braille Readers Theater, now in its tenth season, presents Eugene Ionescu’s absurdist classic The Bald Soprano, another wise and witty play to wow the audience. Our actors are all blind or visually impaired. With minimal scenery and costumes, they use words, gestures and expressions to make the play come to life. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 8 and up.

EASTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 10:30 am-3:00 pm 

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Easter? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. On display are various artifacts from our Helen Keller archives, including her Oscar, her Medal of Freedom, and a letter she wrote to Hitler in 1933 expressing her displeasure about burning books. Also on display is the 1929 book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Easter treats and lemonade will be served. Admission is free. For all ages.

BLINDNESS IN JAPAN
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Here in the United States federal and state laws guarantee the rights of people who are blind or visually impaired to go to school and to hold a job; our public buildings are accessible, and guide dogs are welcome anywhere. Even so, much of the public is not aware of the capabilities of people who are blind or the challenges they face. What is it like in other countries? For this event, we partner with Louisville’s Asia Institute-Crane House to investigate what it means to be blind in Japan. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is requiredto register. Best for adults and children age 8 and up.

WATERFRONT BOTANICAL GARDENS TOUR
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Louisville has a new green space for the public to enjoy, just a few blocks down Frankfort Street from the APH building: The Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Think of it as a zoo for plants, thousands of them, from tiny crocuses to towering trees. Our spring tour promises to be a treat for the senses and an opportunity for us to be enlightened and inspired by the natural world. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 899-2213 to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up. Limited transportation from APH is included.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, June 11, 2019, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Louis Braille was only twelve years old when he began work on the system of reading and writing now used worldwide by the blind. Have you ever looked at those dots, perhaps on the wall in an elevator, and wondered how they can possibly mean words? In an hour we can teach you to read simple braille and write braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. You’ll also examine new technology tools for the blind that display electronic braille. Free to the public, but registration is required. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 899-2213 to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

HELEN KELLER’S BIRTHDAY
Saturday, June 27, 2019, 1:00-3:00 pm

We honor Helen Keller on her 140th birthday. Details will be announced later.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Louis Braille was only twelve years old when he began work on the system of reading and writing now used worldwide by the blind. Have you ever looked at those dots, perhaps on the wall in an elevator, and wondered how they can possibly mean words? In an hour we can teach you to read simple braille and write braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. You’ll also examine new technology tools for the blind that display electronic braille. Free to the public, but registration is required. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 899-2213 to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: THEATER GAMES WITH DARREN HARBOUR
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:00-3:00 pm

Whether done on stage, a classroom, or at a corporate retreat, theater games can develop important skills like focus, creativity, and critical thinking. Plus, they’re fun! Our guest instructor, Darren Harbour, is the founder and director of Imagine Blind Players, a troupe of actors who are all blind or visually impaired, and a member of APH’s Braille Readers Theater. He is also involved with several Louisville theater companies, both as a performer and teaching artist. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS AND STORYTELLERS: FANNY CROSBY
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the remarkable life and work of Fanny Crosby, best known today as the author of hymns such as “Blessed Assurance, “ “To God Be the Glory,” and “Tell Me the Story of Jesus.” Kentucky School for the Blind alumnus B.T. Kimbrough directs a choral performance of community members, including a few solos and a sing-along. Ms. Crosby, blind since infancy, wrote more than 9,000 hymns. In the nineteenth century her name was often in the news; she was a popular public speaker on religious issues and met with presidents, generals, and other dignitaries. Later in life, she was a social reformer, lobbying tirelessly for the rights of the blind and the poor. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. to register. Best for adults and older children.

BARDS AND STORYTELLERS: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Saturday, September 26,2020, 1:00-3:00 pm 

Join us for an afternoon’s entertainment at Bards and Storytellers, our popular arts, folklore, and performance series. Past guests include fiddler Michael Cleveland, deaf-blind storyteller Jag Einhorn, folk duo Tom & Cathy Arnold, and singer Terri Gibbs. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

HALLOWEEN MASKMAKING
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Masks have been a part of many cultures throughout history. They are useful for hiding identities, but also for inciting fear or awe or other emotions. Sighted people tend to depend on the visual for their effects, but textures and shapes can convey emotions as well. Museum staff will guide participants of all ages and abilities as they make scary or friendly Halloween masks and headdresses using tactile materials. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 26, 2020, 10:30 am-3:00 pm

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. Artifacts from our Helen Keller archives will be on display, such as her Oscar and a letter she wrote to Hitler relating her displeasure about burning books. Also on display is the 1829 book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Holiday goodies and spiced cider will be served. For all ages.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 30, 2020, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Our guest artist, Patrice Ising, will help participants craft a unique holiday ornament. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.