Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly free event designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The galleries will be closed to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, fidgets, and sunglasses available. Experience a selection of current Walker exhibitions, make art, or watch a short film. All friends and family members are welcome.
In March, explore the exhibitions Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present, Paul Chan: Breathers, Make Sense of This: Visitors Respond to the Walker’s Collection, and Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection.
On Sensory Friendly Sundays, we require visitors over age 2 to wear face masks inside the building to support the safety and comfort of families and attendees.
To prepare for your visit, check out this Social Narrative. For more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program.
While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time. Sensory Friendly Sunday is typically less busy from 8 to 9:30 am and busier from 9:30 to 11 am.
Try an Art-making Activity, 8–11 am
Join teaching artist Reed Ross in the Art Lab to create an observational contour portrait! For this project, participants will try creating a drawing without looking down at their paper. Elements of texture and color can be added to the portraits using yarn and glitter glue.
Try a Gallery Activity, 8–11 am
Explore a variety of portraits, or artworks depicting people, in the new exhibition in Gallery 4. Then, try creating your own digital “selfie portrait” using an iPad.
Watch a Short Film, 8–11 am
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque to watch a short film. In Luce and the Rock by Britt Raes, a giant rock tumbles into the middle of Luce’s quiet village, making a big change to daily life. The film is 13 minutes and will loop between 8–11 am. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. This is a relaxed screening with sound reduced, appropriate for all ages. Visitors are free to come and go, move, and otherwise make themselves comfortable in the space.
Accessibility, Content, and Sensory Notes
The short film will be captioned.
The exhibition Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection (Galleries 4–6) features multiple video-based artworks that include sound. Sound in the exhibition has been reduced, and some galleries feature reduced light levels.
The exhibition Paul Chan: Breathers (Galleries A and B) contains mature language and themes. This downloadable resource provides more information about the exhibition and artwork. It also includes multiple kinetic sculptures composed of high-powered fans that inflate fabric sculptures, causing them to move. The fans produce sound.
For more information about accessibility or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email email@example.com.
For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.
Masks are required for Sensory Friendly Sunday visitors over age 2 to support the safety and comfort of attendees. If you have questions or require additional assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7600.
Reed Ross (they/he) is a queer and neurodivergent interdisciplinary artist working primarily in abstract oil painting, drawing, and small-scale multimedia sculpture. Their work often draws inspiration from objects and spaces that resonate with various aspects of their identity. Ross holds a BFA in drawing and painting as well as a teaching artist minor from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For the past nine months, Ross has been working in early childhood education, where they regularly encourage children to engage in process-based and multimedia making that fosters material exploration and experimentation. They have also worked with high school students in a college-level summer program, in both observational drawing and painting courses. Their teaching style is supportive and facilitative, prioritizing learners’ curiosities and passions, while posing questions that engage artists’ problem-solving skills.