Botany Art Workshop for the Blind: A Different View of the Philippine National Herbarium

As part of the National Arts Month Celebration and promotion of national heritage some 20 low vision and another 20 totally blind students of the Philippine National School for the Blind were invited to one of a kind art activity entitled “Botany Art Workshop for the Blind: A Different View of the Philippine National Herbarium” held at the National Museum of the Natural History on February 20-21, 2019. The event was sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History led by Asst. Director Dr. Maria Theresa Labrador and Division of Botany headed by Dr. Luisito Evangelista.

The two-day art workshop was extremely exceptional learning opportunity for the visually impaired students. This resulted in increased cognitive and fine motor skill through several tactual art activities given during the two-day workshop. At the same time, the participants were given a special tour and were assisted by the staff of the Botany Division. This opportunity broadens their awareness of the diverse ecosystem, history, and arts.

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