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Mind’s Eye Meet-Up: “Art and Inclusion of persons with visual impairment: Practices and suggestions for implementation”

Saturday 16th May 2020 | Online Meet-Up
International Museum Day 2020

The online conference entitled “Mind’s Eye Meet Up – Art and Inclusion of Visually Impaired Persons: Practices and Suggestions for Implementation” aimed to open a fruitful dialogue of exchange of inclusive practices on the accessibility of persons with visual impairment to the experience of art and culture.

Event poster with speakers

Invited speakers from the field of culture, education and the community of persons with visual impairment shared their experiences and presented suggestions and practices that promote inclusion.

The online Meet-Up served as an introductory event of the pilot project “Mind’s Eye | Touching Art “which was applied in part of the space and the collection of the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art from June 2020 until today. The event took place on May 16th, 2020, in the framework of the International Museum Day 2020 and is dedicated to the memory of Theodoros Konstas, the first blind tour guide in Greece.

Mind’s Eye MeetUp Programme

Discussion Moderator: Anastasaki Stela Art Historian, “Mind’s Eye” Project Manager
1. Introduction-Greetings: Syrago Tsiara, Deputy Director, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Collections of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art
2. Stavrenia Koukoula, MD, PhD, Ophthalmic Surgeon, Specialization in Electrophysiology of Vision and Genetic Diseases of the Retina, Institute of Ophthalmology & Microsurgery Ophthalmica | Vision-visual-perception
3. Stela Anastasaki, Art Historian, Mind’s Eye Project Manager | The application of the Mind’s Eye project in the space and collection of the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art
4. Lia Avraam, Instructor of Mobility / Orientation & Everyday Living Skills for Persons with visual impairments, Center for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind Thessaloniki Branch | Inclusion & Accessibility practices for people with visual disabilities in places of culture
5. Chryssa Zarkali, Museologist, Public Relations & Communication Manager MOMus | “Touching art” – Conclusions from the implementation of the accessibility program for people with partial or total vision loss
6. Chara Kanari, Special Education Professor, Museum educator and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Special Education of the University of Thessaly | Including people with visual impairments in culture and the arts: Access to and education in formal and non-formal learning environments
7. Kalliopi Ghika, Artwork Guide for Visually Impaired People, Operations Manager Tactile Museum Athens, Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece | Tactile Investigation following the principles of the Loretta Seki method at the Tavtile Museum of the Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece
8. Kerasia Michalopoulou, Audio Describer – Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Liminal Access | Audio Description and Visual Arts – The visual made verbal
9. Ioanna Zacharou, Author of Children’s Books, Vice President of the Panhellenic Association of the Blind-Regional Union of Central Macedonia | Accessibility to Art
10. Panagiota Panou, Instructor of Mobility / Orientation and Everyday Living Skills, Panhellenic Association of the Blind – Regional Union of Eastern Macedonia | Mobility and orientation training for the visually impaired during their professional training as a tour guide in museums and archeological sites

Language: Greek
Curated by: Stela Anastasaki in the context of Mind’s Eye
Duration: 16th May 2020

Find out more about project Mind’s Eye:

Partners

MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Collections of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art
Center for Training and Rehabilitation of the Blind Thessaloniki Branch
Greek Sign Language Interpretation Services was courtesy of Spyros Kouzelis ALL-Accessible Limitless Living

Supported by

START – Create Cultural Change

START was a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, realized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the Association of Socio-Cultural Centers supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodosakis Foundation.

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