The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Forbes Library to show film about coping with vision loss

WHAT: Screening of Going Blind
WHEN: Friday March 8, 1:00pm / Wednesday March 27, 6:30pm
WHERE: Community Room at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Forbes Library will show the film Going Blind in March. There will be two screenings: one on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 PM and another on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 PM. Both films will be in the Community Room at Forbes Library and will be shown with audio description for the benefit of those with low vision.

Going Blind is a 2010 documentary about coping with vision loss by Peabody-award winning writer and director Joseph F. Lovett. In it Lovett interweaves the stories of everyday people with different levels of vision loss and the story of his own struggle with glaucoma. The film is meant to increase public awareness of vision loss and low vision and addresses prevention, detection and treatment of vision problems as well as showing how folks with vision loss can continue to live active and full lives.

The March 8th screening is part of an ongoing series on accessibility and assistive technology run by local low-vision educator and advocate Rick Ely. Mr. Ely will answer audience questions after the film.

The March 27th screening is part of the Resistance Film Series of the Resistance Center and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars and will be followed by by a panel discussion about activism on behalf of blind people and people with disabilities in general.

More information about the film can be found at For questions about the screenings please contact Forbes Library at 413-587-1017 or

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