ArtVenture Accessible Children & Youth Programs
These family workshops, designed specifically for children and youth with special needs, take full advantage of the McMichael's grounds and combine outdoor discovery walks, studio activities, dramatic play, and social engagement to accommodate the various skill and ability levels of participants. Registration must be completed at least one week prior to the start of the program. Parents and/or caregivers must accompany the child for the duration of the program.
Fee per workshop:
$18 general public ($14 per additional sibling);
$15 McMichael members ($11 per additional sibling).
Free for Members of Autism Ontario.
general public: $18 ($14 per additional sibling)
McMichael members: $15 ($11 per additional sibling)
Saturdays, 1 to 3 pm
Ages 7 and up
These family workshops, designed specifically for children with special needs, take full advantage of the McMichael’s grounds and combine outdoor discovery walks, studio activities, dramatic play, and social engagement to accommodate the various skill and ability levels of participants. Registration must be completed at least one week prior to the start of the program. Parents and/or caregivers must accompany the child for the duration of the program.
Fee per workshop: $18 general public ($14 per additional sibling); $15 McMichael members ($11 per additional sibling).
December 10, 2016
Be inspired by the season, and create festive gifts and greeting cards for friends and family! Learn unique printmaking techniques as you work with ink and various printing tools.
LIFE Academy Program at the McMichael, Ages 18 and Up
The LIFE (Learning Independence through Facilitated Education) Academy Program is designed for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger’s), to develop life skills for post-secondary education, employment and independent living. The program will be taught by instructors from the McMichael Gallery and KPAS who are experienced in the specialized instruction and support that is valued by people with ASD. The McMichael and its facilities will be used to inspire creative assignments with specialized adaptations suited to the needs of people with Asperger Disorder.
The McMichael Alzheimer’s Project
That Reminds Me: Making Art Accessible for People with Dementia
As part of the EnAbling Change Project, programs at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are being developed to meet the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. It has been recognized that engagement with art offers significant benefits for individuals living with dementia. This is true, whether the experience involves looking at art, talking about art, or creating art.
In each example, engagement with art offers participants the opportunity to experience intellectual stimulation, to connect personal stories with the world at large, and to access personal experiences and long-term memories. These meaningful activities increase confidence, preserve self esteem and support dignity. Involvement with art allows the individual to focus on capability rather than disability. In addition, family caregivers receive some respite, as they are able to recognize less anxiety, agitation and aggression within the person in care.
Scheduled programs will be available to meet the needs of groups from Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities and for individuals who are still supported at home by a family member, usually a spouse or child. The McMichael will also offer outreach programs to the facilities, where members can produce art in a familiar, comfortable environment.
The McMichael offers a specially designed tour in the gallery for groups of up to eight participants with caregivers or family members. Multiple groups may be accommodated upon request at time of booking. Subsidies for programs can be made possible in consultation with gallery administration. Tours may be scheduled in the morning or afternoon and are conducted by Educators and Docents.
Visits may be customized to meet the specific needs of groups. Other programs offered include art making, sensory stimulation and outdoor exploration throughout the McMichael’s unique setting. Tours are 100 minutes in length, including time for introductions, orientation and a relaxed closure of the program.
EnAbling Change Program
In 2012, the McMichael gallery introduced the EnAblingChange Program, in partnership with the Government of Ontario. The EnAbling Change Program supports our Education and Programs department in the development of gallery and public programming for children, youth, adults, and seniors with cognitive disabilities. Each program provides participants the opportunity to reflect and relate to art in an environment as natural as the McMichael’s.
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the McMichael released The Art of Inclusion: Seven Steps – A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations. The McMichael is sharing guidelines for the programs delivered to help other cultural institutions in their development of accessible programming for special needs. By summarizing its process and results, the McMichael’s goal is to support art, educational, and public organizations in implementing programs that serve individuals with special needs.
Mentorship in Motion
Created in 2012 by Art Cures Inc., the Mentorship in Motion project is a community based program engaging youth living with mental health issues and/or exceptionalities into a mentored visual art project.
In May 2013, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (MCAC) agreed to further manage and coordinate the program within the gallery Creative Learning department. Focusing on the power of art to express, evaluate, and heal, the project consists of collaborative art making activities and concludes with an exhibition of works.
The program connects four established local artists with five student artists in order to engage them into a collaborative two-dimensional art project. The works produced during the mentorship sessions at the McMichael will be exhibited in the McMichael Community Gallery.
This Project is designed to help students express, evaluate and heal themselves through a mentored relationship with local artists. In addition to this, it is part of a broader strategy to position the McMichael as a place to foster creativity, healing, and growth.
Mentorship in Motion 2016