American Printing House for the Blind Groundbreaking

On May 22, 2023, Solid Light joined the Louisville community for the groundbreaking celebration of the American Printing House for the Blind expansion and museum, The Dot Experience. The American Printing House for the Blind, founded 160 years ago, is the world’s largest nonprofit organization working to promote the independence of people who are blind and low vision by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

Solid Light was selected in 2021 to complete the Planning, Design, Media, and Fabrication services for this project. “We are honored to partner with the American Printing House for the Blind with the joint goal of designing the world’s most accessible museum,” says Cynthia Torp, Owner and CEO of Solid Light. “From the galleries to the re-imagined manufacturing tour, this new, inclusive visitor experience will elevate the standard for access in the museum industry and beyond.”

Team featured from left to right: President, Mike McCarthy; Executive Creative Director, John Murphy; Creative Director, Ben Jett; Project Manager, Jackson King; Senior Content Developer, Eleanor Riggs; COO, Chris Mozier; and Owner & CEO, Cynthia Torp.

The groundbreaking ceremony is a significant step in the mission of improving accessibility practices and standards for the museum community. “The Dot Experience will offer a unique insight into blindness that I believe will be transformational of blind people from all backgrounds; because it is built with the stories, lives, and accomplishments molded into its foundation, brick, and beam,” said Denna Lambert, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “With the museum’s use of inclusive design and thoughtful approach to engagement, I expect The Dot Experience to serve as a torch bearer for museums in the future.”

Solid Light was thrilled to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, turn some dirt, and welcome the beginning of construction of the, soon to be, world’s most accessible museum.