Keep Art Happening at MindsEye!
"Audio description has enriched the lives of the entire blind community in this area. We love it. We want more of it."
-- Chris Gray, Executive Director, Missouri Council of the Blind
St. Louis is exuberant in its offerings of arts and culture and endless in its opportunities for exploration and entertainment. A person can choose from a plethora of live theater and music events, museums rich with history, art, and architecture, or parks and cultural gems like the Saint Louis Zoo to find moments of joy and connection. Our community is overflowing with possibilities. But how can we give patrons who are visually-impaired and blind the same opportunity to explore those possibilities-- to find those moments of joy and connection?
For those with visual impairments, audio description reveals crucial information in scenery and movements on stage or artwork positioned behind a wall of glass that seeing individuals consume without thought. Audio description enhances and complements the work so those who are visually-impaired or blind gain a more complete understanding of what is before them. MindsEye translates vision into audio.
MindsEye has been committed to connecting those who are visually-impaired to the news and entertainment they need for over 45 years through their 24-hour radio broadcasts. They began their audio description project in the fall of 2016 and have partnered with many of our community's essential cultural institutions, including: The Muny, the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, Shakespeare Festival, Circus Flora, the Missouri History Museum, the Black Rep, Peabody Opera House (now STIFEL Theatre), and the Saint Louis Arch. Honored by the American Council of the Blind in July with the 2018 Audio Description Achievement Award in Performing Arts for their ingenuity and commitment to creating quality description for their community, MindsEye is leading the way in audio description for Saint Louis. And they’re just getting started.
Through your support, MindsEye will continue to push forward, creating more accessibility for visually-impaired and blind patrons to explore our region’s amazing cultural destinations. Chris Gray, an audio description consumer and the Executive Director of the Missouri Council of the Blind said, “It has enriched the lives of the entire blind community in this area. We love it. We want more of it. Many of us never bothered to go to the zoo before, now we’re begging MindsEye- ‘Take us again, take us again.’ It’s so nice to be able to go to plays and movies and events.”
By supporting MindsEye’s Audio Description Program, you are not only providing access to the arts, you’re also committing to building a diverse, vibrant, and inclusive community. MindsEye’s audio description means that every person who attends a theater production or exhibit, regardless of visual-impairment, has the chance to enjoy a rewarding experience. Funds raised will extend audio description to two theatre companies that are not currently offering this service for their entire season, along with two special events, and purchasing additional equipment and continuing education for audio describers so they can create the best experiences for their patrons. MindsEye’s audio description creates accessibility, so anyone can go and check out the new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum with their friends or catch the latest unleashing of art at Stray Dog Theatre or spend a day exploring Forest Park and visiting the zoo for both education and leisure. Your donation makes a difference. Please take a moment to donate and support MindsEye’s mission to translate vision into audio for the Greater Saint Louis Area. The possibilities are endless.
By supporting this project you 1) Enable performances to reach every St. Louisan; 2) Empower the blind community to greater participation in arts and culture; and 3) Create a more inclusive and accessible community in St. Louis.