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  • Worcester Art Museum Debuts Spanish-Language Audio Tour

    (WORCESTER, Mass., August 14, 2003) -The Worcester Art Museum's audio tour, highlighting masterworks of the Museum's collection, is now offered in Spanish as well as English.

    Translation of the tour was a project spearheaded by the Museum's Diversity Committee, comprised of trustees, corporators and community liaisons. Audio Journal, the radio reading service for Central Massachusetts, provided recording assistance for the project.

    “This effort to introduce Spanish-speaking people to the Worcester Art Museum is a great step toward making the Museum more welcoming to people of all cultures,” said Diversity Committee Chairwoman Antonella Doucette.

    The tour interprets 15 works of art that demonstrate the quality and breadth of the Worcester Art Museum's collection. Selected works span five millennia and many world cultures, including an Egyptian relief carving, Roman mosaics, an Indian deity sculpture, a medieval priory room, an Italian Renaissance painting, early American portraits, and a work of Abstract Expressionism. The tour begins with an introduction by Museum Director James A. Welu.

    Museum visitors may rent the tour, in Spanish or English, on portable CD players for $1 at the Lancaster and Salisbury street entrances. Printed translations of the tour are available free of charge for the hearing impaired.

    About the Worcester Art Museum

    The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Japanese prints, Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon. The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.