This compelling video tells the story of an artist, Andrew Myers, who is so moved by a blind man's joy at "feeling" three dimensional art that he is inspired to create three dimensional portraits to be experienced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Why is touching artwork so taboo? According to the producers of the film, "Prior to the mid-1800s, tactile interaction was commonplace for visitors experiencing collections of art, but as museums of art evolved, rules forbidding touch became the norm." In this film, Myers surprises George Wurtzel, a blind artisan working in wood, with a portrait. Wurtzel delights in sharing his portrait with his visually impaired students at Enchanted Hills Camp as he teaches them by example how to work as a blind artisan. Wurtzel's philosophy that "your life is what you decide it will be" permeates the film.


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    Touched! :))

  • Geoff

    Amazing way of sharing and 'seeing' things differently

  • David T. Matta

    Sublime and subtle!

  • Dhanaraj

    What a feeling of awe and wonder and awsome joy on the face of Mr. George. Congratualtions to the artist. I am inspired as to how gentle touch can make a difference to people especially to the vulnerable ones.

  • Del Rainer

    How much more our bodies are capable of perceiving.

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  • Learn about Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind and its parent organization, Lighthouse.
  • Read about how large museums are helping people who are visually impaired connect with art.
  • Make some time today to listen to the extraordinary musical talents of young people from the Academy of Music for the Blind, who provided the music for this video.

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