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Saturday Workshops for Adults And Families

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED: WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
June 21 and August 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Be inspired by the story of Louis Braille, who was twelve when he conceived the writing system that changed the lives of blind people all over the world. Learn the basics of Louis's 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 children ages 8-14.

APH FILM FESTIVAL
June 28, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explore how blindness is depicted by Hollywood at our APH Museum Film Festival. The summer event screens films featuring an important character who is blind, followed by discussion. This month’s movie is Butterflies Are Free (1972), which was based on the play written by Leonard Gershe. A blind man (Edward Albert) moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart, and befriends the aspiring actress who lives next door (Goldie Hawn). Nominated for several Oscars, the movie scored one win for Eileen Heckart as best supporting actress.

APH FILM FESTIVAL
July 26, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explore how blindness is depicted by Hollywood at our APH Museum Film Festival. The summer event screens films featuring an important character who is blind, followed by discussion. The second movie is this series is See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), directed by Arthur Hiller. A blind man (Richard Pryor) and a deaf man (Gene Wilder) witness a murder. However, the police are unwilling to accept them as creditable witnesses, and so the pair work together to bring the murderers to justice. Lots of farcical situations and broad humor. Not for kids.

APH FILM FESTIVAL
August 16, 2014, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Explore how blindness is depicted by Hollywood at our APH Museum Film Festival. The summer event screens films featuring an important character who is blind, followed by discussion. The final movie in the series is Ray (2004), an account of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The movie begins with Ray’s early life on a sharecropping plantation in Florida, where he went blind at age seven, and continues through his slow rise to fame in the 1950s and 1960s. Jamie Foxx received the Academy Award for his performance; the film was also Oscar-nominated for best picture, director, sound, editing, and costume design. Rated PG13.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: PLAYWRIGHT LEONA GODIN
September 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us to meet Leona Godin, a New York-based playwright and performer, blind since birth. Leona has written and directed plays focusing on Helen Keller and on the early history of education for the blind. We will hear about the personal events and forces that have shaped her career, and we’ll also be treated to a few performance excerpts from her plays. This program, as part of APH’s “Bards and Storytellers” annual arts, folklore, and performance series, celebrates the historical traditions of entertainers with vision loss. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 12 and up.

APH PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS
September, October, November 2014 - dates and times TBA

Playwright and teacher Constance Alexander leads a series of playwriting workshops for people who are blind or visually impaired. Selected plays will be performed in March 2015 as a part of our New Play Festival for Braille Readers Theater. For adults and young people aged 14 and up. Free but space is limited, so reservations are required. Please call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org for details.

HALLOWEEN MASKS
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 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. Open to all ages.

DOG GUIDES
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn all you ever wanted to know about these amazing dogs who partner with people who are blind. Find out what they do for their handlers, how they are trained, and what happens when the harness comes off. 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 29, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show them? 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 designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in this 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. Open to all ages.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT FACTORY
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 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. Open to all ages.



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