Soundwalks Open at Dove/Torr Cottage and Heckscher Park

The Heckscher Museum of Art has unveiled two new soundwalks one at the Arthur Dove and Helen Torr Cottage (30 Centershore Road, Centerport, NY), and a second at Heckscher Park  (Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY). The soundwalks can be accessed through the free digital guide from the Bloomberg Connects App.

The first multi-station soundwalk debuted at Dove/Torr Cottage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum’s acquisition of this historic property. The second soundwalk is at scenic Heckscher Park, Huntington, where The Heckscher Museum is located.

Visitors will discover the home and studio of modernists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr in new and unique ways. The self-guided soundwalk experiences reveal the story of Torr and explore the sounds of nature around the property that inspired her art. At Heckscher Park, the soundwalk uncovers the history of this community center, and the bountiful sounds of nature that surround the Museum. The anniversary celebration includes a new sculpture by artists Susan Buroker inspired by Helen Torr now on view at the cottage property.

Bloomberg Connects features interactive maps of the Museum as well as the two soundwalks. Tactile signs at entrances to both locations welcome all visitors, and are accessible to those who are visually impaired. QR codes on the app and on signs lead visitors through the sites.

Special thanks to Monica Ortiz-Menier, a participant of Helen Keller National Center and member of The Heckscher Museum Accessibility Advisory Group; the Town of Huntington Environmental Open Space & Park Fund Advisory Committee; and the Town of Huntington for a grant to provide tactile signs at the entrance to Heckscher Park, and historic Dove/Torr Cottage.

In addition to the soundwalks, the Bloomberg Connects app provides exclusive audio, video, and historical information to enrich the current Museum exhibitions: Salt Life: Arthur Dove and Helen Torr and Raise the Roof: The Home in Art.  The app also features collection highlights and interactive maps for guests to enjoy. The app’s content will continue to be updated with new exhibitions and features, opening the Museum to a larger audience and community.

The Soundwalk can be accessed through the Bloomberg Connects App and the QR code on the left.

 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Heckscher Museum of Art Soundwalk, located at the Dove/Torr Cottage and in Heckscher Park, was created in 2023 with support from a Dorothy C. Radgowski Learning Through Women’s Achievement in the Arts Grant, a joint effort of Where Women Made History (WWMH), and HAHS. Special thanks to Susan Buroker, Evangeline Knell, Girls Inc. Long Island, Monica Ortiz-Menier, Helen Keller National Center, and the Heckscher Museum Accessibility Advisory Group for their work on the project. Tactile Maps and Signage were created and installed, for this project, at Heckscher Park and the Dove/Torr Cottage with generous grant support from the Town of Huntington Environmental Open Space & Park Fund Advisory Committee.