Art Museum Education

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Numerous museums and art museums in the U.S. refer to the guidelines proposed by the Smithsonian and the accessibility checklist defined by the National Endowment for the Arts. The standards are followed for their exhibition and exhibited works. This is an expression of the willingness to provide quality service to all visitors and to actively reflect feedback provided by the visitors in their operation. For an art museum to go beyond being a place for simply exhibitions and education and become a space for establishing communication with society, the policies and plans of the art museum are approaching individuals with disabilities first and being considerate of their needs.

Art Museum Education for Individuals with Disabilities in South
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The reason for setting such as a wide range of subjects for arts and culture education is due to the educational demand for implementing social communication and a healthy integration within the society that transmits social discrimination among different genders, races, and ages. In particular, cultural activities and arts education activities for individuals with disabilities have great significance because its purpose is to go beyond merely enjoying free time to improve quality of life, use leisure, participate in social activities, and interact and integrate with non-disabled individuals. In order for individuals with disabilities to be provided with equal opportunities in experiencing culture and educational activities and for them to actively participate in social activities, awareness toward individuals with disabilities must first be raised. However, society considers individuals with disabilities as a special group of people who are separated and act passively rather than people who live together with non-disabled individuals. As a result, the bias that participating in various social, cultural, and educational activities with individuals with disabilities is considered to be difficult, and this further hinders the participation of…show more content…
The level of cultural welfare benefits should be equal with non-disabled individuals. However, welfare for individuals with disabilities in South Korea is mostly directed toward economic and material welfare such as ensuring livelihood and employment. According to a survey on individuals with disabilities in 2014, 84.3% can go in public alone and 67.3% go outside almost every day. However, the main purpose of going out was in the order of commuting and attending school (38.0%), going on a walk or exercise (28.9%), and visiting a hospital (12.3%). Physical difficulty was the main reason for not going outside at 60.9%. Subsequent responses included feeling highly uncomfortable (16.8%) and slightly uncomfortable (28.5%) participating in activities outside. In the survey, 45.3% of total registered disabled responded that they feel uncomfortable with public transportation unequipped for the disabled and other facilities, with 54.7% answering that they do not feel uncomfortable. The reason with the most responses to feeling uncomfortable with doing activities outside was the lack of convenience facilities such as the lack of transportation services and ramps at 47%. Such results imply that the South Korean society has not yet recognized individuals with disabilities as people living together in society,
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