During the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States, First Lady Olena Zelenska initiated the signing of a memorandum on the work on two Ukrainian-language audio guides with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
As it is planned, by the end of the year it will be possible to have an audio tour in Ukrainian in the halls of the De Young museum and the Legion of Honor museum, which are part of the Fine Arts Museums.
"We have signed a memorandum on the start of work on two Ukrainian-language audio tours at once for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. I especially appreciate the fact that the establishment of strong ties between the United States and Ukraine occurs through culture, which testifies to the duration and consistency of such cooperation," Zelenska said.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is the largest arts and cultural center in San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in California. It includes the De Young museum and the Legion of Honor museum. The first integrates the works of modern art, textiles, costumes, exhibits from the Americas, the Pacific region and Africa of the 17th-21st centuries, and the second exhibits the historical and political evolution of art over the past several thousand years. More than one and a half million people visit the Fine Arts Museums annually.
The museums have the Access Program with the help of which visitors with disabilities can get two free tickets. They also offer special tours with sign language interpreters for people who use sign language communication. The galleries have descriptions of paintings in large print, odorless environments and additional parking spaces. The audio guides for the highlights from the permanent collection include a Visual Access Tour option that provides a highly detailed visual description of each object on the tour.
Earlier, within the framework of the initiative of Olena Zelenska, the first Ukrainian-language audio tour in the United States was launched in Mount Vernon, the estate of U.S. President George Washington.