Sensory-friendly program set

CANAJOHARIE — The Arkell Museum, the Sensory Friendly public program will be returning to the museum from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, free for individuals with autism or other special needs, and their families and caregivers. The museum studies students of the Cooperstown Graduate Program (State University of New York Oneonta) have created engaging experiences at the Arkell Museum with reduced auditory, olfactory, and visual stimuli for a sensory-friendly visit to the museum, according to a news release.

The museum will be open for people on the autism spectrum and those who have special needs related to sensory sensitivity and their friends and family. With help from student volunteers, the program will offer hands-on, interactive, sensory-friendly opportunities to enjoy the museum in a stress-free environment. There will be a scavenger hunt, book reading, music, sensory objects that relate to the specific pieces of artwork, and other activities. Visitors will be able to make their own artwork inspired the museum’s collection. A quiet, resting space will also be provided.

The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library promote and celebrate the understanding of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American art and Mohawk Valley history, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

For questions of details, contact (518) 673-2314 or tours@arkellmuseum.org.

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