Access To Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recognizes and celebrates our visitors' diverse abilities and needs. To ensure art is accessible to all, we offer a variety of programs and services that support visits to the Gallery and participation in its activities. Access is about care; we hope to raise awareness about accessibility and we encourage all people to incorporate access in their everyday practice and lives. 

The AGO offers this platform for online programs and resources to all visitors and guests of the Gallery, creating an Access to Art Resource Hub for all our diverse communities:

Access to Art upcoming events by tag


Participate in our upcoming programs.

Multisensory Moments
Wednesday, October 7, 28 and December 2 at 11 am

Experience a selection of AGO artworks through touch, smell or sound.

Mental Health Moments
Wednesday, October 14, November 4 and 18 at 11 am

Mental health is a challenge for us all. Here at the AGO, we believe the arts can help promote mental health awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges. That's why we're offering virtual explorations of art from a mental health awareness perspective.

Deaf Culture Moments
Wednesday, October 21, November 11, 25 at 11am

Explore the AGO Collection with an Art Educator from the Deaf community who encourages discovery by creating customized experiences.

Seniors Social
Friday, November 6, December 4, 2020 and January 1, February 5, March 5, 2021 at 11 am

A monthly series that combines art, artmaking and lively discussion.

Access to Art past events by tag


Close Looking: Visual Description of a Magic Poster
Monday, September 14, 11 am

Join Assistant Curator of Community Programs, Melissa Smith, as she shares an audio description of an artwork, one of the techniques used during our Multisensory Program to help remove barriers to our collections. You will hear and learn about creative audio description, a type of spoken language describing visual images or objects, which enables audiences to engage and pursue their own journey in relation to visual art. We will explore a poster of Adelaide Herrmann, one of the…

Close Looking: Franz Kline
Monday July 27, 11AM

Chris Luginbuhl, Multisensory Designer, and Melissa Smith, AGO's Assistant Curator of Community Programs, discuss their co-creative process of translating an abstract artwork by Franz Kline, entitled Cupola, into a multisensory object that is intended to create a more inclusive gallery experience for blind and vision impaired visitors to the Gallery.


Shape of the Museum: Helen Chatterjee and Melissa Smith
Thursday June 25, 2 pm

Museums and cultural institutions around the world are facing unique opportunities and challenges. This series of conversations invites professionals from around the world who are thinking about art and audiences, and learning in different ways. This week join Professor Helen Chatterjee and Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Community Programs, in conversation

Prof. Helen…


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