“The Cummer Museum is where I come to be with my family that I don’t live with at home. We just share, and the women are visually impaired, so we all understand where everybody’s been.” — Renee Byrd, a participant in the Women of Vision program at the Museum
The Women of Vision program celebrates the communicative power and beauty of the visual and literary arts through emotional responses by women who each have low vision or blindness. On a personal level, the program offers to the women a place for camaraderie as indicated by Byrd.
The women meet monthly on Friday afternoons. The program is separated into two portions – group sharing session focused on a creative writing exercise, followed by an art-making project. Every October, the Cummer Museum displays the artwork created by the Women in recognition of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.
“When the Museum mats and frames these pictures and we have an exhibit, they look like a million bucks,” said co-founder Sister Elizabeth Fiorite.
The women also spend time in the galleries and outdoor spaces at the Museum, engaged in interactive touch tours that allow them to experience works of art through their other senses.
Stop by the Cummer Museum to view two- and three-dimensional works of art from Women of Vision on display through January 2019.