Fort Worth Museum makes art accessible to autistic patrons

August 2, 2018 by  

A family-friendly sensory program at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art will enable children on the autism spectrum to explore the collection in a way that is comfortable for them.

The museum plans to offer a new ongoing program called Sensory Saturday, to introduce art to those that may otherwise be uncomfortable or unhappy with the atmosphere in a traditional museum environment. The free event will give the attendees time to explore the collection as well as to have their own opportunity to make art suitable for poster printing or framing to display proudly at home. The craft project will be hands-on and age-appropriate for the guests.

Parents and siblings of the children attending the event are also welcome to come, take part in the activities and explore together. The museum will hold these events on the second Saturday of every month. Registration begins on September 1 and only those that are pre-registered can attend.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has been at this location for over 50 years. The museum was opened to house the personal collection of Amon G. Carter Sr. Its additional responsibilities are to educate the community, preserve the finest pieces of American art, and continue to grow its own collection.

Sensory Saturday is a free program and all children on the Autism spectrum between the ages of 5-12 can attend, along with their families. Visit the Eventbrite website to register or contact the museum for more information.