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CreAAtive: Art Activities for children and teens with Autism

The Education Department at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires has developed a program to engage children and teens with autism.

At the Museo Moderno, we believe that culture is a right and must be accessible to all. Since 2017 we have worked to design engaging tours and workshops for children and teens with autism. We open the museum early for them to tour galleries in a quiet setting and select works of art to do a workshop in the education room. We have designed online activities for them on our website during lockdown.

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May 2020
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About the innovation

Art engaging activities for children and teens with autism

Actual Situation

1 in 59 children has autism, which gives an approximate of 750,000 children in Argentina.Children and teens with Autism are seldom integrated or included in museums or cultural institutions. There are no sensoryfriendly workshops and activities.

Many parents with children with developmental disabilities want their children to be able to visit museums who offer earlyentry and sensory-friendly activities to those on the spectrum of any age. The Moderno has been among the first to developprogramming with the intent to make the museum more accessible and enjoyable. We have reached out to families andexperts to see how we can better accommodate those with autism.

Our Response

At the Museo Moderno we strongly believe that art can be used as a tool for social and emotional learning and it cancontribute to the well-being of our visitors. We want to reach them through meaningful activities that promote connection, build empathyand resilience, and help them express their emotions and feelings in an inclusive way. Our ASD inclusive program integrateschildren and teens with Autism to art and cultural activities in museums by creating inclusive visits and workshops tailored totheir needs.

As part of this program we designed a series of art based activities for children and teens with Autism. We developeddifferent activities related to artists and the museum’s exhibitions, that include visual vocabulary association cards, a popularlearning resource for people with ASD. In this way, children and teens with ASD incorporate a creative activity thatstimulates imagination, and knowledge through direct observation of the museum’s artists and artworks. At the same time,the association cards are downloadable and families can print them and incorporate them into their daily learning activities.

For 2021 we are aiming at creating a media lab in our education room to foster and promote inclusive art and tech digitalworkshops. These workshops will be inclusive for ASD and will focus on digital art, video games design and robotics.

Our Mission

The Education Department’s mission is to build a bridge between the Museo Moderno and society engaging all audiences inart and education, thus creating a socially diverse cultural community.

Our Community outreach program provides an interactive platform that helps visitors to expand their perspective, skills andbackground knowledge. Through different activities in and out of the museum, we offer a program tailored with inclusiveexperiences such as workshops, talks and visits. Our mission is to include and integrate children and teens with Autism inregular activities at the Museum. We want to lead the way and motivate other museums to be inclusive.The value in our innovation is:

  • to create inclusive and integrated experiences

  • to offer training to other museum educators

  • to generate visibility and encourage other museums to follow our lead in creating inclusive programs

Other Approaches

Within Argentina, there are no other cultural institutions carrying out ASD programs. In the museum, we started a pilotprogram in partnership withFundación Brincar in 2017 to provide opportunities for groups of children and teens with Autism.

Before lockdown, they came on a Saturday morning with the museum closed and toured galleries and later attended aworkshop in the education room.With Covid-19 the program shifted to digital activities that promote observation, increase vocabulary and relate to works ofart. We design a series of activities; from drawing and creating to playful dress up, from videos and book recommendationsto meditations and inclusive conversations. We've partnered with local artists to create videos and illustrations to support ourcommunity as well; to draw inspiration from works of art in the collection and in the museum's exhibits.

Special activities made for children with ASD during lockdown were recognized from different organizations worldwide. Thisallowed us to spread our program and reach a greater number of people, favoring our goal of incorporating more inclusive resources for different audiences.

Theory of Change

Our program focuses on creating opportunities for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. We have worked withorganizations that support families with Autistic people. Our activities aim at integrating ASD children and teens and providea framework to create more partnerships and motivate other institutions to join our lead. As a government-funded museumwe are working hard to create many ways to make the museum experience easier and more enjoyable for families andchildren with disabilities. From guiding and assisting with the planning stages to providing extra resources for them to enjoytheir visit.

The Moderno has created a national network of museums together with other 3 institutions where more than 100 museumsjoined during lockdown called RAME. We aim at developing workshops and meetings with education departments and othermuseum professionals to share our best practices.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

An absolute YES! The focus on autism and art is fantastic! I can see this happening in museums all over the world. People with autism are often excluded and overlooked.

A really thoughtful innovation- pupils with autism can have many barriers to accessing art. This would really enable them to benefit from accessing creative processes. Their support offered to families is inspirational.

- Academy member
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Art engaging activities for Autism

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