The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will celebrate Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month this October with the opening of The Women of Vision exhibition in Art Connections. Art Beyond Sight (ABS) was created in 1987 on the premise that everyone must have access to the world’s visual culture if they are to participate fully in their communities and in the world at large. ABS Awareness Month celebrates 10 years of partnerships among 250 cultural institutions around the world including The Cummer.
For the past 15 years, The Women of Vision, a group of local women who experience low vision or blindness, have gathered monthly at The Cummer to share their experiences in art making, memoir writing, and exploring the galleries and historic gardens. The women create powerful works of expressive art, including paintings, drawings, clay sculptures, and poetry. This artful program, which is observed as a national model, serves as a vehicle for personal reflections, demonstrates the communicative power of visual and literary arts, and develops accessibility awareness for both the creator and viewer.