Take St. Pete Mural Tour Without Leaving Home
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has developed a virtual mural tour that can be viewed from anywhere in the world. The written and recorded tours are available on a home computer, smart phone or any other mobile device.
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has created an accessible mural tour program to make the city’s mural art accessible to all regardless of ability or disability.
The virtual mural tour may also be viewed anywhere around the world via the internet, with a computer or hand-held device.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance believes the city’s murals should be accessible to all. The Alliance chose 40 centrally located works to focus on, spotlighting the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, several special murals, plus two murals commissioned by AARP Tampa Bay. The audio portion of the tour provides vivid descriptions of each mural, the artist and its setting. The online guide includes transcriptions of the audio recordings, photos and a map, with notes on accessible parking and mobility barriers.
“The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is putting our community on the map through Shine, highlighting our city as a world-class arts destination and hub of creativity,” U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, said after touring the SHINE murals. “With this partnership with AARP, an amazing display of local and international talent will be accessible for all to enjoy via a self-guided virtual tour for those miles away or with mobility restrictions. Proud that my hometown of St. Petersburg continues to promote innovation and inclusion.”
The Accessible Mural Tour program is produced by SPAA with initial funding from AARP Tampa Bay.
“As a national champion for livable communities, AARP is proud to support the St. Petersburg Accessible Mural Tour which allows anyone, regardless of age, ability or locale, to experience our city’s vibrant arts community,” said Michelle Cyr, AARP Florida associate state director for outreach.
Jennifer Sabo, executive director, VSA Florida said, “This project is likely to serve as a model for other mural programs around the country. To our knowledge, no other organization in the U.S. offers mural tours designed for the needs of those with visual, hearing or physical disabilities. VSA Florida has been honored to assist the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance as they develop this much-needed resource and fully supports the Arts Alliance’s leadership in providing access to public art in St. Petersburg with this innovative and creative program.”
For information, or to take a virtual tour, go to stpeteartsalliance.org.
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