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Saturday Workshops for Adults And Families 2016

HALLOWEEN MASKS
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Masks have been a part of many cultures throughout history. Masks made by the sighted usually 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. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for children age 6 and up.

A HISTORY OF DOG GUIDES
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

From illustrations and poetry, we know that dogs guided the blind in medieval times—and undoubtedly long before. However, the highly trained guide dogs of the present day were introduced to the United States in the 1920s by a determined young blind man from Nashville named Morris Frank and a dog named Buddy. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children ages 8 and up.

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends or relatives in town for Thanksgiving? 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, watch a movie featuring blind characters, play games designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. Holiday goodies and hot cider will be served. All ages are welcome.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT FACTORY
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament to decorate your home for the holidays. Make unique holiday cards as well. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for children age 6 and up.

2017 MUSEUM EVENTS

A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MARY INGALLS
National Braille Literacy Month
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

“My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder, the celebrated author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at the age of fourteen, and Laura became her sister’s eyes, describing the world around her so her sister could “see” as well. But what happened to Mary when she and Laura grew up? Come to the Museum to find out about Mary’s richly rewarding life and the challenges she faced as a blind woman a hundred years ago. Sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and have some birthday cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For all ages.

CRAFTING TACTILE VALENTINES GIFTS AND CARDS
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Use unique tools and techniques to craft cards or gifts for your valentine from tactile materials. Our guest instructor for this program is Indiana artist Peggy Mastropoalo. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children ages 6 and older.

BRAILLE READERS THEATER
Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

The APH Museum Readers Theater Troupe presents a trio of one-act plays, by contemporary playwright David Ives. No props, no lights, no costumes, but all fun. Our actors read the script in braille. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for older children and adults.

CLIFTON WALKING TOUR
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join us for a walking tour of the Clifton neighborhood, starting at the historic 1883 building on the grounds of the American Printing House for the Blind. On the two-hour walking tour, we’ll find evidence of the evolution of the area from a sparsely populated rural community in 1830 to a densely settled urban Louisville neighborhood. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for older children and adults.

EXPLORING WITH ALL THE SENSES: ANIMALS IN THE BACKYARD
May 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Are you curious about the wildlife that lives amongst us in our own backyards? Meet our city neighbors in the animal world through all the senses, hands-on activities, and interactions with live animals. It is offered in partnership with the Louisville Nature Center. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For all ages.

KIDS’ DAY
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join us for games and activities that help kids learn what it means to be blind. Frank answers to their questions about blindness and demonstrations of when and how best to help will put young people more at ease when they are around people who are blind. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Especially for kids ages 6-12.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn Louis Braille’s tactile alphabet and practice writing on a braille slate and a braillewriter. Advanced students will learn more about braille contractions and whole word signs, as well as how to write music and do math with braille. Participants may attend one session, or both! Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn Louis Braille’s tactile alphabet and practice writing on a braille slate and a braillewriter. Advanced students will learn more about braille contractions and whole word signs, as well as how to write music and do math with braille. Participants may attend one session, or both! Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1-3 pm

Enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment at Bards & Storytellers, our popular arts, folklore, and performance series that celebrates entertainment industry traditions of people with vision loss In addition to the performance, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the personal events and forces and shaped each performer’s career. 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 kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and older children.

DISABILITY RIGHTS: WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1- 3 p.m.

More than 50 million Americans have disabilities – blindness, deafness, physical limitations, and mental limitations. They deserve full access to American opportunity: education and health care, employment, economic power, and political participation. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1995 established the basic civil rights of people with disabilities, but much remains to be done. What policy changes and practical steps come next? What can we learn from mistakes made in the past? And are the voices of people with disabilities being adequately included in these conversations? Come join in the discussion with our expert panel to answer these questions and more. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and older children.

HALLOWEEN MASKS
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

CODES, CYPHERS, AND SECRET MESSAGES
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

What does braille have in common with Morse code, semaphore, shorthand and ASCII ? They’re all codes. Codes and ciphers have fascinated people for centuries. Spies and governments rely on them, diarists use them to keep their personal writings private, and kids send secret messages to friends. Join us to crack a few codes and to invent our own. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children ages 6 and up.

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? 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, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. See “Denver the Guide Dog,” a Discovery Channel video about how a puppy becomes a dog guide and is matched with a new owner. Holiday goodies and hot cider will be served. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CARD/ORNAMENT FACTORY
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament to decorate your home for the holidays. Make unique holiday cards as well. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.