The Detroit Institute of the Arts Presents
Many Ways of Seeing: Artwork by Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth from the Detroit Area
Walter Gibbs Gallery
The Detroit Institute of the Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48202
The DIA Learning and Interpretation Department, in collaboration with the UM School of Art and Design, recently began an art-making program for students in Detroit Public Schools and Lincoln Park Public Schools who are blind or visually impaired. 15 UM art students were trained to help guide BVI youth in an art-making experience during four weekly sessions led by artist and UM art instructor Sadashi Inuzuka and DIA teaching artists. Inuzuka is working with the DIA to establish an international model for providing learning opportunities for BVI youth.
A news release from the DIA reports that Jennifer Czajkowski, executive director of Learning & Interpretation at the DIA, sees positive outcomes for all involved. “Students who are blind or visually impaired engage in creative expression in an inspirational setting, learning from art students and teaching artists,” said Czajkowski. “UM students gain experience and develop skills working with different kinds of learners, coached by Sadashi and DIA staff.”
This exhibit presents the local BVI youth’s work, shedding light on the many ways of seeing that exist.