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Accessibility Initiatives

The Walker Art Center’s Open Door Accessibility Initiatives program focuses on making all tour and art-making experiences welcoming and inclusive. Below is a listing of accessible program opportunities for visitors of all ages. To request a tour or art-making activity, please visit the online Tour Request Form.

Contemporary Journeys: A Program for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Contemporary Journeys is the Walker Art Center’s tour and art-making program for individuals with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their care partners, family, and friends. Participants connect to art and each other through conversational tours that tap multiple senses and art labs that introduce myriad ways of seeing the world. Contemporary art becomes the catalyst for community building, self-expression, and appreciating the present. The program was created in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota, the Goodman Group, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Groups can schedule a Contemporary Journeys experience in advance according to their needs. Please note that tours and art labs can accommodate up to 5 visitors with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Group sizes should not exceed 10 people (up to 5 visitors with Alzheimer’s/dementia plus care partners, family, and friends). Senior residences and day camps are encouraged to schedule private experiences.

American Sign Language Interpretation

ASL interpretation is available for selected events and can be arranged for any Walker event with at least two weeks advance notice.

Tours and Art Labs for Individuals with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities

Exhibitions and art-making experiences come to life on guided tours designed for visitors with cognitive and learning disabilities. Walker staff and volunteers have developed innovative approaches to making the art of today accessible to all through ongoing training and community partnerships.

Additional Amenities

There are other amenities that may make your group’s tour or art lab activities more complete. Assistive listening devices, gallery stools, and wheel chairs are available onsite. In addition, we are happy to work with you to accommodate the needs of your group and welcome your comments and feedback at any time.

Contemporary Journeys: Gallery tour participants

Photo: Gene Pittman

Contemporary Journeys: Art Lab participants

Photo: Gene Pittman