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MCA Denver announces new glasses for color blind visitors to have richer, fuller, colorful museum experience

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Visitors to MCA Denver who are color blind can use special glasses to help them experience exhibits

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) announced it would be the first museum in Colorado to offer visitors EnChroma glasses for color blind visitors. The museum began offering four different pairs of EnChroma glasses for visitors to borrow during their visits starting on December 10, 2019.

“We are thrilled to be participating in the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program to offer our color blind visitors the opportunity to experience our museum and the art we have on view in clear and vibrant color with these glasses. This partnership is part of our continuous efforts to make our museum as accessible and welcoming to visitors as possible,” said Nora Burnett Abrams, the museum’s Mark G. Falcone Director.

The announcement featured an event in which four color blind people were given the glasses for the first time to wear and view selected works of art. Three were MCA Denver staff members and one woman who has been on a waitlist with EnChroma traveled from Longmont to try the glasses.

“For me, this is a game changer in terms of how I experience the art we have on view at MCA Denver. I absolutely think these glasses will change how our visitors interact with our museum,” said Brad Ingles, Memberships and Partnerships Manager at MCA Denver.

Color blindness affects 350 million people worldwide – 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women (.5%). EnChroma lenses are engineered with special optical filters that remove wavelengths of light where the red and green cones have an excessive overlap in the eyes of people with color vision deficiency. This enables those with red-green color blindness to see colors more vibrantly, clearly and distinctly, helping them to overcome everyday obstacles and frustrations and access more of life’s colorful experiences. To learn more about EnChroma’s Color Accessibility program, contact accessibility@enchroma.com.