ANNE SULLIVAN & HELEN KELLER PROJECT
Sherborn, MA., June 23, 2019 – The Life Experience School is proud to announce its participation in the National Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week with a unique,
traveling educational art exhibit. The traveling exhibit, the first of its kind that promotes deaf-blind awareness, features a beautiful life-size bronze bust of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.
The commissioned work of art, sculpted by internationally renowned artist Lado Goudjabidze, was first unveiled at the Massachusetts Lions Club Convention in May of 2019. It was Helen Keller, who called on the Lions Club in 1925 to be “Knights of the Blind”. Ever since, the Lions Club has made eye research, prevention of blindness and assistance to the blind central to their mission as a service organization.
“You have heard”, Helen Keller said in her speech, “how I was taught … and I found myself, found the world, and found God! It is because my teacher cared about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will triumph over blindness.”
The Keller – Sullivan educational art exhibit was on display at the 2019 graduation ceremony at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA where both Keller and Sullivan attended. It was also presented at the end-of-year, all-school assembly at the Pine Hill Elementary School in Sherborn, MA.
Deaf-Blind Awareness Week began in 1984 as a national advocacy campaign with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan who sought to designate the week of Keller’s birthday (June 27) as a time to learn about deaf and blind issues and how those with visual and auditory challenges can be assisted to live full and productive lives.
In keeping with the central theme of Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, the traveling sculpture exhibit poses two questions which are in text and braille: What did your teacher help you see that was once invisible? What did your teacher help you hear that was once silent?