Frost Museum Hosts Art Day For Kids With Special Needs

Apr 3, 2015

Credit Frost Museum

Art should be accessible to everyone - that is the idea being promoted by the Frost Art Museum, which is creating a space for children with special needs to explore the arts.

The museum is hosting a free community art event that will have specially designed attachments for wheelchairs and other art-making tools for children with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and other disabilities.

Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Museum, says museums should be accessible to everyone in the community.

“For so long museums have been considered places that’s sort of off-limits for people with any kind of disability,” she says.

Pomeroy says nationwide that has changed. More museums are creating innovative programs for people with visual impairments or Alzheimer’s.

“Museums now are really opening up to new communities and inviting people in to say, ‘This is really for you, for everybody,’” she says.

One of the art tools that will be accessible to kids  at the museum’s art event is a switch-activated liquid paintbrush that attaches to wheelchairs and shoots paint 10 to 15 feet onto giant murals.

The free “All Kids Included – Arts For All, Accessible Arts Experience” happens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2.pm at the Frost Museum located at Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17 St.

Watch a clip of kids creating art with some of the art tools that will be available at the Frost Museum: