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Peconic Landing’s ‘Art Without Barriers’ Named Innovation of the Year

Peconic Landing’s interactive art accessibility program “Art Without Barriers” has been named one of LeadingAge New York’s 2015 Innovations of the Year.

Gone are the days that admiring art was limited to visual sensation. “Art Without Barriers” is designed to ensure people of all visual, hearing and mobile abilities have the opportunity to enjoy art. It features an interactive tour of Peconic Landing’s sculpture garden which is home to 18 different works of art displayed across their sprawling estate.

“Art Without Barriers” is an exhibition that caters to a variety of senses, and visitors imaginations. When using the program guests can touch, smell, hear and see the art. Visitors have the option of using descriptive audio narration available via a free smartphone download, large print or braille catalogues, as well as easy access to the garden by way of cleared foot trails to improve the tour experience.

The program is gaining attention quickly. This adaptable art example could become a trend.

“People from all over the world, from as far as China, have engaged with the program and downloaded the descriptive audio to enjoy,” said Dominic Antignano, Peconic Landing’s cultural arts curator. “That means a lot to us, that people are connecting Peconic Landing with culture and the arts.”

Art descriptions adhere to standards set by the American Foundation for the Blind. Visitors are also invited to touch the sculptures to get a sense of their texture and design.

“This program allows us to connect with our residents, but also members of the greater community,” said Robert J. Syron, the president/CEO of Peconic Landing. “This award winning program provides greater access for all to enjoy culture and the arts.”

For more information or to schedule a guided tour, contact Dominic Antignano at 631-477-3800 extension 229.

The Innovation of the Year award was presented to Peconic Landing President/CEO Robert J. Syron by LeadingAge President/CEO James W. Clyne Jr.
The Innovation of the Year award was presented to Peconic Landing President/CEO Robert J. Syron by LeadingAge President/CEO James W. Clyne Jr.
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