Nelson-Atkins launches program to make galleries inclusive for deaf, hard-of-hearing communities
8:19 AM, Apr 25, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Great art touches all the senses.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the place for great art and, now, they are doing even more to touch all the senses.
It is called The Deaf Culture Project, designed to provide high-quality, accessible and inclusive programming for visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
This is one of the largest such outreach programs in the nation.
Lucy Crabtree is the project coordinator, and said she has been hard-of-hearing since she was 4 years old.
What sets this idea apart, according to Crabtree, is that the museum is engaging the deaf community as it develops the program, working to identify and understand the strategies and approaches that will have the greatest and most positive impact.
In addition to being a great advocate for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, Crabtree is also a terrific teacher.
Next time you are strolling through the masterpieces at the gallery, find her and ask her to teach you the sign for the Nelson-Atkins.
Not to give anything away, but think “shuttlecock.”