The Art of Inclusion: A Guide – the McMichael Canadian Art Collection makes accessible initiatives sustainable

It has been over two years since the McMichael Canadian Art Collection launched their prestigious EnAbling Change Project with support from the Government of Ontario. Two years of testing the waters with programs designed for people living with various special needs and exceptionalities. Programs for people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Programs for people that visit the Collection for its unique atmosphere that merges art and nature. Programs that offer a different method of feeling like you belong. Programs that teach us the true meaning of “inclusion” and how it can be achieved through creative practices.

With all of this in consideration, it is my great pleasure to share with you The Art of Inclusion: A Guide – Seven Steps to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations.

This publication is the result of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, and outlines a seven-step process (a nod to the Group of Seven painters) for the successful design and delivery of accessible programs.

The Art of Inclusion: A Guide - Seven Steps to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations

The Art of Inclusion: A Guide – Seven Steps to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations – click the image to be redirected to the guide.

 

The goal of the publication is to provide a guide that will assist other arts and culture organizations in developing and implementing their own accessible initiatives, and to demonstrate the overall benefits of engaging visitors through specialized programs.

With the invaluable support of partner organizations, service providers, and industry contacts, the McMichael gained a wealth of knowledge that has allowed the gallery to offer a variety of programs to individuals with disabilities. Now, we wish to share what we have learned with others.

By offering these guidelines, the McMichael hopes that other organizations will follow the seven steps and ultimately create a more engaging and participatory cultural setting for individuals with special needs.

The guide is available to download online at: mcmichael.com/artofinclusion

We encourage you to spread the word about our accessible guide!

With enthusiasm,

Ola Mazzuca
Project Coordinator, Enabling Change
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

 

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Summertime Down Memory Lane – Register now!

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Summertime Down Memory Lane - Register now!

There are only five days left to register for our new accessible seniors art program – Summertime Down Memory Lane.

On Saturday, July 20, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is offering its first accessible art-viewing program for seniors.

Summertime Down Memory Lane Walking Tour is designed for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss. This interactive program exercises the brain to inspire emotion, creativity and expression in every brush stroke and drop of acrylic paint. By experiencing Canadian works of art from the Group of Seven, Inuit pieces and contemporary visionaries, participants will reconnect with their past through interpretation and nostalgia.

A McMichael program leader will engage participants in guided conversation throughout select galleries. 
Participants requiring assistance must be accompanied by an attendant.

This program is included in gallery admission.
Registration is required.
Fore more details, visit the McMichael website.

Art excites memories at the McMichael

“Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.” – Andre Maurois

Courtesy of Chris Helgren/REUTERS, The Globe and Mail.

Courtesy of Chris Helgren/REUTERS, The Globe and Mail.

On Saturday, July 20, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is offering its first accessible program for seniors.

Summertime Down Memory Lane Walking Tour is designed for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss. This interactive program excercises the brain to inspire emotion, creativity and expression in every brush stroke and drop of acrylic paint. By experiencing Canadian works of art from the Group of Seven, Inuit pieces and today’s contemporary visionaries, participants will reconnect with their past through interpretation and nostalgia.

A McMichael program leader will engage participants in guided conversation throughout select galleries. Participants requiring assistance must be accompanied by an attendant.

Program included with gallery admission.

Registration is required.
Fore more details, visit the McMichael website.