Sensory Friendly Sunday August 2023
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Sensory Friendly Sunday August 2023

An adult helps a child play mini golf.
Sensory Friendly Sunday, 2021. Photo: Carina Lofgren for the Walker Art Center.

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly 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 exhibitions, make art, or watch a short film. All friends and family members are welcome.

In August, explore the exhibitions Pacita Abad, Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection, and Among Friends: The Generosity of Judy and Ken Dayton.

This June through September (weather permitting), play a free round of mini golf on the Walker’s rooftop between 8 and 11 am. The one-of-a-kind course features 10 distinctive, artist-designed holes and an unrivaled view of the Minneapolis skyline.

Masks are required at Sensory Friendly Sunday for visitors over age 2.

This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program.

Art-Making Activity, 8–11 am
Join teaching artist Soph Munic in the Art Lab to create a colorful collage portrait inspired by Pacita Abad’s artwork.

Gallery Activity, 8–11 am
Visit Gallery 3 to decorate a personal banner based on Pactia Abad’s artwork 100 Years of Freedom: From Batanes to Jolo.

Short Film, 8–11 am
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque to watch the short film Épreuves du matin (Trials of the Morning) by Maša Avramović. In the film, a child coaxes the sleepy sun to wake up, and together they light the day. The film is 3 minutes and will loop between 8–11 am. This is a relaxed screening with sound reduced. Visitors are free to come and go, move, and otherwise make themselves comfortable in the space.

While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time. Sensory Friendly Sunday is typically less busy 8–9:30 am and busier from 9:30–11 am.

Skyline Mini Golf is partially accessible. All holes are playable from the perimeter, if guests are unable to step onto the holes.

The short film will be captioned.

To prepare for your visit, check out this Social Narrative.

For more information about accessibility or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Soph Munic is a textile artist who uses traditional sewing, quilting, and soft sculpture techniques to recontextualize themes of comfort, memory, and gender. They use found fabrics to investigate their relationship to desire and intimacy. Munic teaches queer-centered workshops at Curiosity Studio and recently led Embodied Material, a queer textile reading group and group exhibition at Fresh Eye Arts this summer. They host the interactive performance How To Move With Wonder, which was presented at Art Shanty Projects last winter. Munic has exhibited work at the Waiting Room Gallery in Minneapolis and is an artist in residence with Lanesboro Arts this summer.

Family Programs are supported by the Manitou Fund, thanks to Rosemary and Kevin McNeely.

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