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Access to Art Programs and Workshops

The AGO invites visitors of all abilities to experience our collections in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Make the AGO yours and discover your creativity!

  • Creativity is proven to support emotional well-being.
  • Creativity reinforces the brain cells responsible for memory.
  • Creativity cultivates a positive approach to life that enhances the immune system.
  • Creativity promotes social interactions that help combat depression.

These programs and workshops are designed for 15 – 20 participants and require a minimum of three weeks' notice to book. For more information please contact AccesstoArt@ago.net

Seniors Arts Engagement Program

group of seniors participating in art making activity

The AGO's Seniors Arts Engagement Program provides older adults with a social and creative experience in the heart of the Gallery. Participants will explore our collection with a highly skilled art gallery educator trained to provide support for all cognitive abilities. The program begins with a one-hour tour focused on four to five artworks that encourage reminiscing, deep looking, and conversation. After the tour, the group will enjoy social time over a catered lunch and participate in an artmaking activity in Galleria Italia.

Participants will be provided with AGO bags to take their artwork home and display!

On behalf of CWT residents, volunteers and staff, I would like to thank AGO and your wonderful team for the opportunity to visit and spend amazing few hours exploring the art work from AGO collections. As one resident said, ‘It was an amazing day!’”

— Irina Semjonov, Caregiver from Castleview Wychwood Towers

Youth Art Ambassador Program

youth group looking at an object in glass display case

The AGO Youth Art Ambassador Program provides training for youth volunteers in Long Term Care Facilities or group residences. The full-day experience begins with a morning workshop on how to support discussions about art with older adults by touring the AGO collection with one of our skilled AGO educators. The participants will have a midday break to enjoy a catered lunch. The afternoon hands-on workshop will provide training for participants in therapeutic artmaking activities they can use back at their volunteer sites.

Participants will receive customizable aprons, AGO Youth Art Ambassador buttons, and information packages to support the program delivery at their volunteer site.

I learned many tips and details to pay attention to as a volunteer, while doing arts and crafts with the seniors. Also, being able to physically try some of the activities and learn what some of the problems we might encounter are was very useful.

— Youth Art Ambassador Participant

Art Facilitator Workshop

The AGO Art Facilitator Workshop is a full-day experience geared to support Community Organizations. The morning begins with a workshop on how to support discussions about art by touring our collection with a skilled AGO educator. The participants will have a midday break to enjoy a catered lunch. The afternoon hands-on workshop trains participant to offer therapeutic artmaking activities they can use back in their home organizations.

Participants will receive customizable aprons and information packages to support the program delivery.

Art Facilitator Tour Workshop

The AGO Art Facilitator Tour Workshop is a two- hour experience that teaches you how to facilitate discussions with your client groups about art in the AGO collection. A highly skilled AGO educator will provide training on the skills of close observation and inquiry-based discussion strategies used to explore art.

Participants will learn about touring techniques and practice them in the Gallery.

Senior Arts Engagement Project generously supported by

  • The Elia Family

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