Ameren Illinois & MindsEye Bring Arts to the Blind
Cinderella running from the ballroom; a dress worn by Jackie Kennedy; Captain von Trapp ripping a Nazi flag from his window; or a portrait of Van Gogh – these iconic moments and artifacts are beloved by so many – but for over 130,000 people in Missouri and over 240,000 in Illinois, these experiences were limited until now.
According to American Community Survey results, these thousands of individuals are visually impaired and seek audio description to fully appreciate theater performances and museums. Audio description includes explanations of costumes, sets, museum artifacts, and more, all delivered via headset. However, for people in St. Louis, audio description services are only available at select locations.
Thanks to a grant from Ameren Illinois, MindsEye, an audio information service for the blind, will train volunteers in the art of audio describing through the American Council of the Blind. Once trained, volunteers will aid local institutions in becoming fully accessible.
Audio description supports MindsEye’s mission to bring entertainment and information to the blind and visually impaired in Greater St. Louis. For over 40 years, MindsEye has connected thousands of listeners to their communities and are thrilled to build this new project.