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New Summer Class & Other Programs for Children with Autism 

April 2, 2017 is World Autism Awareness Day, and throughout the entire month of April organizations across the globe hold special events and activities to raise awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of those with autism spectrum disorder.

The Denver Art Museum is a proud partner of this inclusive worldwide celebration; we embrace, celebrate, and champion the unique aspects of all those who come through our doors. As part of the DAM’s mission to enrich the lives of present and future generations, we seek to create a welcoming museum environment, and foster a meaningful shared experience, for individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum.

Low-Sensory Mornings

We work toward this goal of inclusion with many wonderful partners, including the Autism Community Store, Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative, and Autism Society of Colorado, who enable us to host a quarterly Low-Sensory Morning program at the museum for individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum. At each event, loud gallery sounds are turned down, attendance is limited, and we offer numerous hands-on activities including artmaking projects. The next event is on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30-10:30 am in the North Building. Low-Sensory Mornings are included in general admission, but space is limited. Reservations open a month before each event.

New Summer Class!

This summer we are thrilled to offer a new class, Explorations in Art, designed especially for children aged 7-11 on the autism spectrum. One of our favorite artworks has lost his way, and he has enlisted our help to get him back home. Each day of class will include a trip to a new part of the museum where we'll look for clues, solve puzzles, tell stories, and create our own works of art. Our classroom will be equipped with a daily visual schedule, sensory corner, and high student-teacher ratio. We are looking for art-lovers to join us on this exciting journey! Summer class registration is now open, families can purchase tickets here.

Explorations in Art - Summer Camp for Kids with Autism

June 13-16, 1:30-4:30 pm

Ages 7-11

For more information on these programs, as well as general access and inclusion initiatives at the DAM, please check out our Access Programs and Accessibility web pages or contact dschulz@denverartmuseum.org, 720-913-0074.

Danielle Schulz is the coordinator of adult and access programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Danielle has been at the DAM since 2015 and is dedicated to engaging the Denver community through accessible and inclusive arts programming for a wide variety of abilities and audiences.

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