All Ability Inclusive Programs

SensAbilities Saturdays

CRAFTING THE PAST, A THERAPIST-LED ART PROGRAM (FREE)

Join the Museum of Work & Culture on Saturday, April 29, at 10am and 11am for “Crafting the Past,” a SensAbilities Saturday program.

“Crafting the Past” provides families free access to therapist-led art and music activities designed to help children and teens with sensory sensitivities engage creatively with the MoWC’s themes.

Art therapists will lead a “Graffiti in Watercolor” activity aimed at helping participants learn more about Rhode Island’s history while exercising spatial awareness and fine motor skills.

Classes are 45 minutes in duration and led by two licensed art therapists. Each session is open to up to 10 participants, and registration is required. Families can register at shopmowc.com.

These events are free and made possible with the generous support of CVS Health Charity Classic.

SECOND SATURDAYS (FREE)

On the second Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for SensAbilities Saturday, a program for families seeking a low sensory, less crowded environment in which to enjoy the Museum. During this time trained staff and volunteers are on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visiting families who have children with special needs.

Made-to-Order Monday

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Additionally, on Mondays the Museum is open to schools and development centers who wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports their needs. Sensory elements such as lighting and sound are adjusted and a trained docent guides groups through the Museum, creating an educational, hands-on experience for all visitors.

Reservations for Made-to-Order Mondays are required and can be made by calling Education & Program Manager Sarah Carr at 401-769-9675 x. 2.

Resources for Your Museum Visit

As a tool for teachers and parents to prepare for a museum visit, a social story has been created as a step-by-step illustrated guide to help those on the Autism spectrum navigate our exhibits. Additionally, checklists and “first-then” boards, aimed at offering more control of time and sequence have been developed. The social story and checklist materials are available below.

Download a checklist for each stop on your museum visit and a social story that explores what you’ll discover on your tour!

Press Coverage

The Providence Journal highlighted the Made-to-Order program and SensAbilities Saturday

RI Monthly awarded SensAbilties Saturday Best of Rhode Island Editors’ Pick for Best Special Outreach Program