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Crafting the Past, Therapist-Led Art and Music Program, to Launch at Museum of Work & Culture

Museum of Work & Culture Announces Expansion of SensAbilities Program

When: Saturday, April 29, 10am and 11am

Where: The Museum of Work & Culture (42 S. Main St., Woonsocket)

Admission: FREE with registration at http://www.shopmowc.com/

The Museum of Work & Culture has announced an expansion of its SensAbilities Saturdays series for individuals on the autism spectrum and others facing sensory challenges.

Crafting the Past will provide 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.

“It is critical to provide families with learning opportunities that grow and mature with their children,” says Museum of Work & Culture Director Anne Conway. “We see Crafting the Past as the next natural step for families ready to transition from programs offered at children’s museums.”

The first program will be offered on Saturday, April 29, at 10am and 11am. 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.

Crafting the Past is a part of the MoWC’s SensAbilities program. Additional offerings include SensAbilities Saturdays, when the MoWC opens an hour early on the second Saturday of each month for families seeking a less crowded environment in which to enjoy features and exhibits. The MoWC also offers tools to help parents and caretakers prepare for their visit. A social story has been created as a step-by-step illustrated guide to help those on the autism spectrum navigate exhibits. Additionally, the MoWC provides checklists and “first-then” boards to better control time and sequence. These materials are available in the MoWC and here.

SensAbilities Saturdays was selected by Rhode Island Monthly as the “Best of RI Editors’ Pick: Special Outreach Program” in their August 2016 issue.

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