The group “Verbal Imaging Museum Tour with Visually Impaired People” will work in partnership with teachers of Nitobe Bunka Primary School to plan and develop a teaching program in which students actively uncover visual impairment-related problems and focus on their solutions.
The general flow of the lessons will involve (1) children visiting an exhibition at an art or science museum with a visually-impaired person, and then (2) using their own experiences to identify the challenges and create an audio media item that might meet those challenges (for example, an audio guide or radio program). The teaching program developed will be put into experimental operation in classes by Nitobe Bunka Primary School’s science communication classes. The program’s development process will be recorded in photographs, on film and in writing. Program methods will be compiled in a booklet for general release through teacher training and education group meetings.
【Verbal Imaging Museum Tour with Visually Impaired People】
The group began its activities in June 2012. At least once a month it holds art appreciation tours/workshops at art and other museums, as well as at schools for the blind. It creates forums for people from various backgrounds to exchange words, regardless of whether they have a disability or not. The group’s aim is a mode of art-viewing in which museums are accessible and welcoming to all; and every visitor is able to freely discuss what they feel along with their impressions, experiences, thoughts and ideas.
Verbal Imaging Museum Tour with Visually Impaired People
Nitobe Bunka Primary School (Nakano City, Tokyo), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) (Koto City, Tokyo)