TOUCH St. Augustine
Tactile Sculpture Garden Brochure and Donation Card
For nearly a century, the St. Augustine Art Association has been a landmark for creation, inspiration and exploration in the nation's oldest city. The new Art Garden and Exterior Renovation will continue this legacy for the next generation by providing a beautiful and inviting outdoor gallery space with Braille markers and features that engage all of the senses and celebrate the arts.

Planting the Seeds; Touching the Future

Thanks to the generosity of many donors and the Bradley/Mayer family, we reached our initial $100,000 matching gift campaign goal. We are now focused on raising the remaining $100,000 for the total project costs. Special naming and tribute opportunities are available. Your gift is tax-deductible. Please be generous.

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TOUCH St. Augustine is a community outreach initiative developed by the St. Augustine Art Association to enhance accessibility of the visual arts in St. Augustine, Florida, with Braille signage and audio guides.

These informational aids for the historic statuary, architectural landmarks and local artisan treasures build a better understanding of the history our nation’s oldest city and inspire a deeper appreciation for the artists’ handiwork, not only for the blind community but for everyone.

The individuals represented in these figurative works of art were instrumental in the founding, struggles and growth of St. Augustine over the centuries. Their heroism and creative spirit are reflected in the beauty and expressiveness of the sculptures and brought to life in their compelling stories soon to be available on this website and via cell phone.

Developed by the St. Augustine Art Association TOUCH St. Augustine is an expansion of the organization’s annual juried Tactile Art Show, an exhibit featuring all touchable art created by local artists with Braille signage prepared by students from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

Designed by Architect Clyde Brady, the coquina concrete pedestals serve as the foundations for the bronze Braille plaques and provide distinguishable TOUCH markers around town.


St. Augustine Historic Statuary:
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Tactile image of a statue of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Spanish conquistador steps forward atop a 10 foot base. A cross marks his chest armor. He holds a hat and points his sword downward. Tactile image of a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon. The Spanish explorer looks north pointing his right finger, left hand on his hip. Dressed in 16th century attire, he stands on a 10 foot granite base.
A photo of a statue of Henry Flagler.  He stands with one hand in his pocket, the other arm at his side. He wears an 18th century suit and overcoat.
Pedro Menendez de Aviles
City Hall/Lightner Museum
Juan Ponce de Leon
Anderson Circle
Henry Flagler
Location: Flagler College
(formerly Ponce de Leon Hotel
Tactile image of a statue of the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers. Four life-like faces of various races protrude from a curved metal slab that depicts scenes of St. Augustine during the Civil Rights protests.
Tactile image of a statue of Father Pedro Camps. A priest blesses a mother with child, elderly man, young boy and girl who huddle beneath his cross. The statue rests on a coquina base.
Civil Rights Foot Soldiers
Plaza de la Constitucion
Father Camps’ Minorcans
Cathedral Basilica
of St. Augustine West Courtyard



The St. Augustine Art Association has been making the visual arts accessible to the blind community for more than a decade. Founded by local artist/educator Jean Light Willis, the annual juried Tactile Art Show is produced every October in partnership with Art Education for the Blind's Art Beyond Sight global movement. Venues include the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cummer Museum of Art and hundreds more.
Tactile Art Show
click here to watch a brief video 


Community Foundation Jacksonville – JoAnn Crisp Ellert Fund
City of St. Augustine
Florida School for the Deaf & Blind
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Flagler College
Kansas Braille Transcription Institute
City of St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Alliance Partner
Enzo Torcoletti
Beta Sigma Phi

Tactile Drawings designed by Liesl Swogger
Pedestal Bases désigne by Clyde Brady

TOUCH St. Augustine was launched through
a grant from the Community Foundation
Jacksonville JoAnn Crisp Ellert Fund.

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