Get To Know The Tactile Exhibit At The High Museum – Quilter and teaching artist Marquetta Johnson creates workshops and artful, touchable resources for visitors with visual impairments and sensory processing disorders.
The Tactile Exhibit, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, is a special initiative dedicated to those children who have some kind of disability. This learning project was created by the museum’s teaching artist, for 12 years now, Marquetta Johnson.
The High Museum of Art is a trend-setting, urban, cultural destination surrounded by diverse communities. Their goal is to show to the people that accessibility is really important since it’s the main resource for getting cultural knowledge for everybody that visit the space. Any person will be enriched and feel valued when they enter their galleries and workshop spaces.
This incredible plastic artist designs and classes are inspired by the High’s collections and exhibitions. Marquetta is recognized for her unique skill of creating vibrant, durable, touchable resources for the museums’ visitors with visual impairments.
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“I was inspired to create tactile books at the 2016 VSA Arts Intersections Conference in Pittsburgh. Many participants shared information regarding children living with developmental disabilities, sensory issues, and autism spectrum disorder”, affirms the teaching artist.
The tactile books were designed for all learners, especially those who are living with developmental disabilities or sensory processing issues. Shapes, colors, textures, and forms all work together to help illustrate the stories beyond the visual images. These artistic books stimulate the senses of sight, sound, and touch, making them perfect for people who can see well for example. Sensory experiences enhance creative thought and help learners connect with their world in a deeper way.
“The tactile boards I created were visual and texture related expressions of the elements of art, color theory, and principles of design”, Marquetta explains.
On the other hand, we have the tactile boards. This design project consists of a panel of long-lasting material that has, once again, color, patterns, textures, offering a sensory buffet for those who touch it! This is a kid’s favorite! The tactile boards provide all children with opportunities to have a purpose-driven movement that enhances learning and provides a meaningful way to interact with other children or people.