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Saturday Workshops for Adults And Families

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.

2015

A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MARY INGALLS
National Braille Literacy Month
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer," said Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at age fourteen, and Laura became her sister's eyes, describing the world so her sister could "see" as well. Find out about her 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 enjoy birthday cake made from Ma's recipe. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 899-2213 by January 9 to register. For all ages.

CRAFTING TACTILE VALENTINES GIFTS AND CARDS
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Use special tools and techniques to craft cards, jewelry, or gifts for your valentine from tactile materials. Leave with one completed project and enough knowledge to make many more! Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. For all ages.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the life and career of author, activist, and education pioneer Helen Keller with a full day of events. The day's activities include a story hour for children, a showing of The Miracle Worker with audio description for the blind, clips from her 1919 autobiographical film, and a reception in her honor. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. For all ages.

READERS THEATER
Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The APH Museum Readers Theater Troupe presents a festival of new plays, all by blind playwrights. No props, no lights, no costumes. 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.com to register. Best for older children and adults.

CAVE HILL CEMETERY WALKING TOUR
Saturday, April 25, 2015, Time TBA

Among the notable Louisvillians buried in Cave Hill Cemetery are many connected with the history of the Kentucky School for the Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind. Our tour will take you to their gravesites and tell their stories. The park-like grounds of the cemetery are a treat for the senses, especially in the spring. Limited transportation from APH to Cave Hill Cemetery is included. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 by April 18 to register. Best for older children and adults.

TELLING THE STORY: TEN ARTIFACTS
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Each artifact in our museum collection contributes to the fascinating history of education for the blind, a story that leads from Parisian street performers and Austrian royalty, through "The War of the Dots," and "The Miracle Worker," to the technological marvels of the present day. Through the artifact, we can connect to a moment in time, a person's life, or an ingenious idea that changed someone's future. We'll examine ten items from our collection close-up, and uncover what each of them tells us. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. Best for older children and adults.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED: WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
June 20 and July 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

You will be inspired by the story of Louis Braille, only 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.com to register. Best for children ages 8-14.

APH FILM FESTIVAL
June 27, July 25, August 22, 2015, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

This summer we are screening three recent documentaries about blindness. Among them is Blindsight, which relates how six young people and a blind guide managed to climb Mount Everest. Admission is free, but registration is required. Each movie features plenty of traditional theater treats, is presented with audio description for the blind, and is followed by a moderated discussion. Admission is free, but space is limited so registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. Best for older children and adults.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: THE KOBZARI
September 26, 2015, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Bards & Storytellers celebrates entertainment industry traditions in the blind community. No story is more fascinating than that of the Kobzari, the itinerant musicians of Ukraine. For centuries, this profession was reserved for the blind. They were members of guilds that set standards for training and performance and provided the singers with protection and support. That all changed with the advent of communism and Stalin's repression of national cultures in the 1930s. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. Best for older children and adults.

HALLOWEEN MASKS
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 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.com to register. For ages 5 to adult.

RECLAIMING THE DREAM: THE STORY OF REHABILITATION FOR BLINDED VETERANS
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m.

Our Veterans Day program honors the thousands of American soldiers, sailors, and airmen who returned home from their service with damaged vision. These young men and women pioneered techniques for "foot travel" that made it possible for blind people everywhere to break barriers and achieve their aspirations. The program explores the birth of modern rehabilitation, the origins of orientation and mobility, a screening of the classic 1953 documentary "The Long Cane," and the personal stories of recent graduates of V.A. programs. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register. Best for older children and adults.

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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 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. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CARD FACTORY
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 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.com to register. For all ages.



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