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The Dallas Museum of Art’s Autism Awareness Family Celebrations provide a safe, comfortable way to introduce the Museum to families of children with autism and show them how they can have a successful visit to the Museum with their child on the Autism Spectrum. Pre-registered families can visit the Museum free of charge and enjoy the Museum’s Center for Creative Connections (C3) before the Museum opens to the public.
Pre-register now for the upcoming Autism Awareness Family Celebration!
Saturday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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In celebration of visual awareness, the Dallas Museum of Art will host a variety of programs, including hands-on activities, gallery discussions, art-making experiences, and artist demonstrations, that will focus on ways to experience art using senses other than vision.
Artist John Bramblitt, who was featured on the CBS Evening News leading a program at the DMA, will join several Art beyond Sight programs throughout the month of October to talk about his process as a blind painter, and he will lead workshops that include adaptive techniques for people with disabilities.
For general questions regarding Art Beyond Sight programs, or to request a tour for visitors with vision impairment, call 214-922-1251 or e-mail access@DMA.org.
First Tuesday: Use Your Senses
Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Free
Enjoy art-making in the studio, story time, a musical performance, and family tours as part of a sensory celebration of art. Meet artist John Bramblitt, watch a demonstration of his process, and try your hand at sightless sketching.
C3 Artistic Encounter with John Bramblitt
Thursday, October 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m., $5 for DMA Partners, $8 for the general public
Art was always a major part of guest artist John Bramblitt’s life, but it was not until he lost his sight in 2001 that he began to paint. Join us in this hands-on workshop to explore the senses.
Sightless Painting with John Bramblitt
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., Free
Limited to the first thirty-six participants; pick up tickets outside the Art Studio in C3 thirty minutes before each workshop begins.
Learn new ways of painting! Instead of using eyesight, families will rely on their imagination, creativity, memory, and sense of touch to create a unique painting. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to discuss the process of painting with artist John Bramblitt.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 5–27, Free
Limited to the first thirty-six participants; pick up tickets outside the Art Studio in C3 thirty minutes before each workshop begins. Two workshops will be offered at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Inspired by artist john Bramblitt, experience art with senses other than vision.
Tuesday, October 15, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Free with reservations
To register, call 214-922-1251 or e-mail access@DallasMuseumofArt.org
In this program designed for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or caregivers, participants will explore works of art with their senses, have a conversation in the galleries with John Bramblitt, and experience an art-making activity in the studio.
Gallery Talk with artist John Bramblitt
Wednesday, October 16,12:15 p.m., Free
Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.
Art Beyond Sight Artist’s Talk
Friday, October 18, 9:00 p.m., Free
The DMA is participating in the 11th annual Art beyond Sight Awareness Month this October, dedicated to art education for people with visual impairment. Join artists John Bramblitt and Stephen Lapthisophon, who are visually impaired, for a discussion of their process and work, which involves the senses beyond sight, creating works that immerse the viewer in a full sensory experience.
Homeschool Class for Families
Thursday, October 24, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $5 for DMA Partners, $8 for the general public
Spend time using your senses to explore works of art in the galleries with guest artist John Bramblitt. He will share his process of painting as an artist who is blind, and students will have the chance to put their senses to the test in the studio while creating their own sightless work of art. The Homeschool Class is for families with children ages 6 and up.
Every third Tuesday with some exceptions
Designed specifically for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or caregivers, Meaningful Moments is a monthly program that includes a gallery discussion, an interactive component, and an art-making activity in the Art Studio. Participants will have the chance to relax and connect with art in the galleries, share stories, and gain inspiration.
The program is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 214-922-1251 or e-mail access@DMA.org.
Meaningful Moments is also available for groups from assisted-living facilities specializing in memory care. Call to check date availability and to schedule a visit. Themes and dates vary.
Discover a new theme each month!
July 16: Meso-American folktales, music, and movement with Blanca Reyna, folk artist and storyteller
August 20: Discover Dallas in Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy