Library for the Blind and Print Disabled At SFPL Presents Safe to Touch - A Multi-media, Tactile Art Installation by the Artful Steps Program of Stepping Stones Growth Center

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11th, 2016 From: The Artful Steps Program at Stepping Stones Growth Center 311 MacArthur Boulevard San Leandro, California (Facility #019200015) Contact: Missy Brooks, #(510) 567-2621
Image of The Garden
At a typical art gallery, guests are discouraged from standing too close to the artwork, much less touching it! The opposite is true of Artful Steps’ new, innovative series, “Safe to Touch”. This installation challenges how art can be experienced, not only by sight, but by feel. We invite you to interact with the work tactilely; feeling the various sensations of touch. The sequence of the pieces in this installation were thoughtfully chosen based on diversity of feel rather than for complementary colors or subject matter. From the soft, wooly curves of felting to the hard, cool bumps of tile mosaics, each work delights in a unique way. This show embraces the philosophy that art should be accessible and enjoyed by all regardless of ability/disability. We welcome all to experience the show and remember, it’s safe to touch! The artwork is currently on display until June 24th at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove) and is walking distance from the Civic Center BART Station. All programs at the library are free and supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The Artful Steps Program at Stepping Stones Growth Center in San Leandro teaches multi-media art to persons with developmental disabilities. The primary goals of Artful Steps are to enable our students to expand their methods for self-expression, to enhance their self-esteem and independence, and to develop their artistic ability. For more information, please contact: Missy Brooks, Artful Steps Director (510) 567-2621 *Details of Artwork: The Garden, Mixed Media, by artists: Melissa Poe, Scott Kenney, Karen Ridge, Donna Kurtz and Kathy Wilson
April 21, 2016