The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to offer several tools and program series aimed at making our space as welcoming as possible. If you have additional suggestions as to how we can become a more inclusive site please contact Assistant Director Sarah Carr at scarr@rihs.org.

These programs are all made possible with the generous support of CVS Healthy Charity Classic.

SensAbilities Saturdays

On the first Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for 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 Mondays

Made-to-Order Mondays is offered on alternating Mondays each summer. The program provides free admission for families, day programs, and aides who wish to experience the MoWC in a low sensory, less crowded environment. In addition, the program provides 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. The series dates and programs are typically announced each May.

Living Memories Mondays

On the last Monday of each month at 1:30pm the Museum hosts Living Memories Mondays, a free program for individuals with memory loss and their caretakers featuring a changing hands-on program aimed at promoting engagement and fun. Programs include art & music therapy, storytelling sessions, film screenings, and more. This is followed by a monthly Memory Cafe, featuring refreshments and the opportunity for those with memory loss and their caretakers to socialize. This series is a part of Rhode Island’s Memory Café Network, whose mission is to support Rhode Islanders touched by memory loss or cognitive impairment with a community-based support network rooted in camaraderie, fellowship, and comfort.

March 30th’s program has been canceled due to concerns for COVID-19. Programs are planned to resume in April. Thank you for your understanding.

April 27th’s program, led by two licensed art therapists, will be “Spring Memories: Pressed Flowers,” where guests will be invited to join us in creating framed art using pressed spring foliage! Participants will be encouraged to consider some of their favorite memories or experiences associated with the spring. In selecting flowers, plants, quotes, and phrases one would be able to encapsulate that which they love most about the season. Goals for this group include self-reflection, encouraging positive thought, and media exploration. Participants will learn how to press, arrange, and decorate their framed art. Some plants, drawing tools, and papers will be provided for use. If you have a quote or specific flowers in mind, feel free to bring them with you to the workshop.

These events are free and made possible with the generous support of CVS Health Charity Classic. Registration is requested by emailing mowc@rihs.org or calling (401) 769-9675.

Resources for Your Museum Visit

As a tool 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, a checklist and “first-then” boards, aimed at offering more control of time and sequence have been developed.

The Museum also offers a memory map created in collaboration with the Memory & Aging Program at Butler Hospital, which is meant to provide conversation prompts via object-based questions for caretakers of individuals with memory loss.