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.

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

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

Special Events
DWP: Disco Bash
Friday January 15 at 1 pm

Join us at Disco Bash to celebrate the holiday season and the launch of our new series, Seniors Scene: Studio 54

Talks
Seniors Social
Friday January 15 at 11 am

Make new art connections and spark conversations!

New!
Talks
Access to Art: Tangled Artist Picks
Friday, January 22, February 12, March 5, 26, April 16 and May 7 at 11 am

Spurred by disability justice and the desire for more equitable and intersectional futures, the disability arts movement pushes forward with a renewed political intentionality to disrupt normative understandings of the arts.

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Multisensory Museum: Japjot Singh
Friday January 29 at 11am

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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Workshops
Seniors Scene: Studio 54
Friday February 5, 26 and March 19 at 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 special exhibition, Studio 54.

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Seniors Social
Friday February 19 at 11 am

Make new art connections and spark conversations!

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Multisensory Museum: Arsalan Akhtar
Friday February 19 at 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: Mingyan Wei
Friday March 12 at 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.

Talks
Seniors Social
Friday March 19 at 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.

Talks
Multisensory Museum: Morteza Farhoudi
Friday April 2 at 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: lea rose sebastianis
Friday April 23 at 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: Lynn Alkhouri
Friday May 14 at 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: Shivani Gulati
Friday June 4 at 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.

Talks
Multisensory Museum: Nuzhat Samreen
Friday June 25 at 11am

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: Christine Woolley
Friday July 16 at 11am

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: Chloe Typert-Morrison
Friday August 6 at 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 at 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 at 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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Talks
Seniors Social: Drawing a still life with Shadows
Friday, November 20, 1 pm

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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.

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Deaf Culture Moments
Wednesday, October 21, November 13, 27 at 11 am

Deaf communities and cultures can be overlooked in a noisy world that privileges hearing. As part of our on-going commitment to supporting our communities and collaborating with them, the Gallery offers unique Deaf Culture Moments. Explore the AGO Collection with an Art Educator from the Deaf community who encourages discovery by creating customized deaf experiences with art.

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Mental Health Moments
Wednesday, October 14, November 6 and 20 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. Join our Arts Educators and engage with different artworks through close observation and open-ended questions.

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Close Looking: Mindful Moments
Monday October 12 at 11 am

This session will introduce principles of mindfulness to support close looking at an artwork by Yvonne McKague Housser.  Yvonne McKague Housser is best known for her alluring paintings of Northern Ontario villages and mining towns. The mining town of Cobalt was one of her main destinations and the inspiration for Housser’s Silver Mine, Evening. In most…

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

Art galleries and museums have long emphasized the visual sense, but we're offering something different: special multisensory art experiences to help you understand your surroundings in new ways! Come virtually explore the AGO Collection by activating your other senses. As you experience a selection of artworks through touch, smell or sound, a trained Art Educator will provide vivid and detailed verbal descriptions.

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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…

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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.

 

Talks
Seniors Social: Exploring Abstract Landscape
Friday, July 3, 1 pm

Social isolation is a growing concern and the AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making supports making connections and demonstrates the benefits of creative engagement. Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for the virtual launch of a monthly series that combines conversations with art and art making. In this program, we will explore artwork by Wassily Kandinsky and Kazuo Nakamura.

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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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