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New Audio Tour Available at The Belz Museum
Through the generous support of the First Tennessee Foundation and Arts Memphis, and the receipt of a $10,000 ArtsFirst Grant, the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art is proud to announce the availability of a brand new audio tour. The tour is intended to allow those with sight impairments to still enjoy the beauty that the museum has to offer. Approximately one hour long, the tour will walk a guest through the museum and provide information on some of the most important pieces or sections on display. It covers the Asian and the Judaic Exhibits, as well as an introduction to the Holocaust Memorial Gallery.
"The staff here has worked very hard for the last eight months, to make this tour one of quality and distinction, but also of education." stated museum Director, Belinda D Fish. "Our hope has always been to somehow make the museum more accessible to those with sight impairments and this chance to provide an audio tour will make that a possibility. It is never easy for a fine arts museum to provide such an experience and when it becomes available, we, as a community, should grab the chance with both hands and hold on."
The audio tour itself will be provided free of charge to those in need of a non-visual guide; it will also be available to the general public for a rate of $3. A secondary benefit has come in the form of a written tour booklet available for those with hearing impairments; it will also be available for purchase in the gift shop.
The fee for the tour is in addition to the normal admission prices: $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and $4 for students.
The tour will become available on September 4 and will be available from now on.
Special Exhibit Opens at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art
The Belz Museum is proud to open to the public a brand new special exhibit, Japanese Okimono: Life in Ivory. Okimono means "displayed object," and the carved ivory figures have been crafted and used for decoration in Japanese homes and altars since the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). During that time, the popularity of okimono was largely a reaction to westernization and trade in Japan, as Japan moved from an isolated feudal society into a rapidly industrialized and modern society based on western structures and an interest in foreign affairs. Due to Japan's new found openness, Westerners became increasingly curious and interested in Japanese culture. Exported okimono appealed to Westerners, who craved exotic depictions of traditional Japanese life. Carvings in this exhibit range from simple tasks to more amusing situations, like a fisherman wrestling with an octopus.
Come see this unique exhibit and all the treasures of the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art.
This special exhibit is included in admission: $6 for Adults, $% for Seniors and $4 for students.
*Japanese Okimono: Life in Ivory will be exhibited until January 9, 2016
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
The Belz Museum will once again be participating in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! Free Admission will be offered Saturday September 26, 2015.
That day the museum will be open from 10 -5 with free admission to all guests. We will be have multiple showings of Woman in Gold (2015 - starring Helen Mirren) free to the public as well. The movie will also play for guests on Sunday, September 27.
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EDUCATORS, Please visit our Educator's Page and plan a visit to our museum.
We would love to help make Asian and Jewish art and culture something special for your students!
Guided Tours for Students are available for groups of 10 - 70 in grades 1 through 12. They can be scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays. Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperon for every 12 students.
Due to space limitations, a maximum of 35 students will be assigned to a docent and permitted in the galleries at one time. Advanced reservations are required.
Trained docents will lead the students on a 45 minute guided tour of the permanent collection with a focus on EITHER the Asian collection or the Judaic art. Not only will students study art appreciation, they will also be introduced to the folklore and symbolism of their chosen collection. A hands-on activity is available for interested groups after the tour.
Allow at least one hour for tour and activity.
Tours can be tailored to fit individual class needs. When scheduling a tour, please mention your students' background on Jewish or Chinese art, history or language.
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