Access and Inclusive Programs
Access and Inclusive Programs collaborates within the community to develop partnership programs with a number of diverse audiences and organizations.
Access Programs for Guests with Disabilities
Creative Connections is a program for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or related dementia and their care partners. Museum Educators facilitate interactive discussions of artworks in the galleries and lead hands-on art activities in the studio. No prior art experience required! Refreshments and art materials are provided. The program is presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. http://www.alz.org/arkansas/
Access and Inclusive Programs collaborates with ARID to offer professional development for American Sign Language interpreters that includes gallery experiences to build art and architecture terminology and practice signing.
Museum Educators visit Open Avenues once a month for hands-on art activities and instruction. The program provides an opportunity for Open Avenues’ clients—adults with disabilities—to creatively express themselves during the work day and learn about the Museum’s collection and upcoming programs and exhibitions.
99 Balloons is an organization that provides respite care for families with children who have disabilities through their rEcess program. Crystal Bridges collaborates with 99 Balloons to provide a venue for families who participate in rEcess. During monthly programs, children with disabilities and their siblings visit the Museum to engage in the Museum’s collection through art-making activities, structured play, and gallery tours.
The Autism Programming Advisory Group includes 18 individuals who are experts in the field of autism spectrum disorders—including academics, therapists, and parents—who meet with arts organization staff to plan and implement programming for youth with autism and their families. Participants include parents and representatives from the University of Arkansas, Thrive Autism Solutions, Northwest Arkansas Center for Autism, Trike Theater, Walton Arts Center, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Literacy Programs for English Language Learners
Students and volunteers from the Literacy Council of Benton County in Bentonville and the Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville visit the Museum for programs monthly. Adult English language learners and tutors meet with Museum Educators to practice language and literacy skills through interactive gallery-based discussions and written activities while exploring works of art. Transportation for the Ozark Literacy Council collaboration is sponsored by Pinnacle Car Services. http://www.pinnlimo.com/
Parents who participate in the Springdale Family Literacy Program— adult English language learners with children enrolled in Springdale Public Schools—visit the Museum three times during the semester to practice language and literacy skills through gallery-based discussions and written activities. Following facilitated discussions about select artworks, participants create original works of art based on their experiences in the galleries. Crystal Bridges Education staff collaborate with Springdale Family Literacy Program teachers and staff to design curriculum that reinforces themes learned in class. Transportation is sponsored by Pinnacle Car Services. http://www.pinnlimo.com/