User-Friendly Techniques Open Up Show for Kids Columbus and the Arts

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A FREE guide to "Circa 1492" translated into six languages is what National Gallery director J. Carter Brown calls "an indispensable Linus blanket to take around with you."

The guide is just one of several examples of how the gallery wants to make its "Circa" show user-friendly. He explains, "The educational dimension is probably more serious in this one than in anything we've ever done because this is, as you will see, a thinking person's show." In addition to the usual acoustical guide, there is a supplemental approach so that the audio and visual can work in tandem with each other. For families with children, there is a special recorded tour that points up what might appeal to the young but will help inform those of any age.

He says the gallery is going one step further with a film that takes one aspect of the show, the application of the new scientific and mathematical discoveries on perspective, and brings it right into this century in a special effects studio in Hollywood. …