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Saturday Workshops for Adults And Families 2017

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. This July, meet Mac & Bob, the first really successful country duo, now almost totally forgotten. Mac & Bob met at the Kentucky School for the Blind in 1915, and then embarked on a 35-year career as recording artists and radio stars on WLS’s Barn Dance. Their plaintive close harmony singing and delicate mandolin-guitar backing inspired later better-known country music groups. The program will include an account of the events and forces that shaped their lives. Louisville musicians Tom and Cathy Arnold will perform Mac & Bob’s songs. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: MICHAEL CLEVELAND & BRIAN ALLEN
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1-3 pm

Join us in August for a special program featuring internationally famous champion bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. Was that enough adjectives? Cleveland has appeared with most of the greatest names in bluegrass music over the years, and made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1993. And it all started with music lessons from his years at the Kentucky School for the Blind. Guitarist Brian Allen, a fourth generation musician who attended the Indiana School for the Blind, will accompany Cleveland. Allen has traveled the country, performing at the Kennedy Center on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Don’t miss this one! Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required 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 1990 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.