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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Participate in our upcoming programs.

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Multisensory Museum: Lynn Alkhouri
Friday, May 14, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Seniors Social
Wednesday, May 19, 2 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for the virtual Seniors Social Program, a biweekly series that combines conversations with art and artmaking. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and artmaking increases well-being.

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Tangled Art Talks: Aislinn Thomas
Friday, May 28, 11 AM

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

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Seniors Social
Wednesday, June 2, 2 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for our virtual Seniors Social program, a live weekly series that combines conversations with art and art making. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.

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Multisensory Museum: Shivani Gulati
Friday, June 4, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Children’s Studio Workshop: It Can Be Anything
Wednesday, June 9, 1 pm

This workshop is designed to support participants who identify as Neurodiverse / Intellectually Disabled.

Recommended age group: 5- 12 years old

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Special Events
It Can Be Anything
Friday, June 11, 4PM

It Can Be Anything is a creative journey through the lens of Rachel Doucettes drawings. Rachel is 28-years old and loves creating her art. Her work represents a unique and vast creative landscape to explore.

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Adult Studio Workshop: It Can Be Anything
Wednesday, June 16, 3 pm

This workshop is designed to support participants who identify as Neurodiverse / Intellectually Disabled.

Recommended age group: 18 years old and up

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Seniors Social
Wednesday, June 16, 3 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for our virtual Seniors Social program, a live weekly series that combines conversations with art and art making. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.

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Tangled Art Talks: Vanessa Dion Fletcher
Friday, June 18, 11 AM

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

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Multisensory Museum: Nuzhat Samreen
Friday, June 25, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Seniors Social
Wednesday, June 30, 2 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for our virtual Seniors Social program, a live weekly series that combines conversations with art and art making.The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.

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Multisensory Museum: Christine Woolley
Friday, July 16, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Youth Workshop: It Can Be Anything
Monday, July 19, 1 pm

This workshop is designed to support participants who identify as Neurodiverse / Intellectually Disabled.

Recommended age group: 13- 18 years old.

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Multisensory Museum: Chloe Typert-Morrison
Friday, August 6, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Multisensory Museum: Kalina Nedelcheva
Friday, August 27, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

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Multisensory Museum: Matana Geraghty
Friday, September 17, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects.

Access to Art past events by tag

PAST EVENTS

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Tangled Art Talks: Peter Owusu-Ansah
Friday, May 7, 11 AM

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

Tangled Art + Disability and the AGO have formed a new partnership to showcase the possibilities of a world that honours access, disability and difference. We are excited to present videos by six artists from Tangled’s community that showcase their artistic practices in response to artwork in…

Workshops
Seniors Social
Wednesday, May 5, 2 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for the virtual Seniors Social Program, a biweekly series that combines conversations with art and artmaking. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and artmaking increases well-being.

We will explore a portrait of The Shop Girl by James Tissot. Tissot was part of the "realist" movement in 19th century France which sought to focus on the here and now. This past year has been challenging for many of us, but we've also all…

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Multisensory Museum: lea rose sebastianis
Friday, April 23, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

Death Sowing Discord

Special Events
Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 10, 11 AM

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

Join us for Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

Why Slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries and personal connections. The most important discovery is that we can see and experience art without being an expert. And that's an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and…

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Close Looking: Slow Looking
Monday, April 5, 11AM

As part of the AGO’s ongoing Close Looking series, join us for a slow looking experience. We will explore Clarence Alphonse Gagnon's Study of a Hare in Winter, 1922.

Why slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries and personal connections. The most important discovery is that we can see and experience art without being an expert.

Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Community Programs, will demonstrate slow looking as a warm up for

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Multisensory Museum: Morteza Farhoudi
Friday, April 2, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

In this program, Morteza…

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Tangled Art Talks: Valentin Brown
Friday, March 26, 11 AM

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

Tangled Art + Disability and the AGO have formed a new partnership to showcase the possibilities of a world that honours access, disability and difference. We are excited to present videos by six artists from Tangled’s community that showcase their artistic practices in response to artwork in the…

Workshops
Seniors Social: Marks and Textures
Friday, March 19, 11 am

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for the virtual Seniors Social program, a monthly series that combines conversations with art and art making. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.  

Workshops
Golden Groove: Lightning in a Bottle - Part 2
Friday, March 19, 1 pm

In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and their long-term community partner, Dancing with Parkinson’s, the AGO is inviting all seniors to participate in a series of dance workshops inspired by the AGO’s new exhibition, Studio 54: Night Magic.

Join poet Fan Wu to explore ideas of authenticity, facade and the capacity of language to express embodied experience, through experimental approaches to writing and movement. Participants will be guided…

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Tangled Art Talks: Persimmon Blackbridge
Friday, March 12, 11 AM

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

Tangled Art + Disability and the AGO have formed a new partnership to showcase the possibilities of a world that honours access, disability and difference. We are excited to present videos by six artists from Tangled’s community that showcase their artistic practices in response to…

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Multisensory Museum: Mingyan Wei
Friday, March 5, 11 am

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

In this program, Mingyan Wei is…

Workshops
Golden Groove: Lightning in a Bottle - Part 1
Friday, February 26, 1 pm

In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and their long-term community partner, Dancing with Parkinson’s, the AGO is inviting all seniors to participate in a series of dance workshops inspired by the new exhibition, Studio 54: Night Magic

Sarah Robichaud, Founder and Executive Director of Dancing with Parkinson's, collaborates with Lauren Spring, AGO Art Educator, to transport participants through movement as we reimagine…


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