Access AK Programs and Services
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is committed to creating and fostering a universal environment of accessibility for visitors of all ages. Access AK comprises programs and services that respond to a wide variety of special needs.
Using guided tours, hands-on art workshops, and discussions custom designed to meet the needs and interests of each participating group, this program enables and encourages individuals to express themselves both verbally and nonverbally in the art museum environment. Goals of the program also include providing opportunities for recreation and socialization, increasing sensory awareness and sensory integration, and improving feeling identification and expression through the use of art.
Groups are usually limited to a maximum of ten participants, and must be accompanied by agency/school staff at all times. Sessions are ninety minutes long and are free of charge. Each year, Creative Connection presents an exhibition highlighting the artwork created by program participants and hosts a special community reception honoring these children and adults.
In this program for adults who are blind or partially sighted, participants enjoy an in-depth verbal description tour of selected works from the museum’s Collection and special exhibitions, followed by a hands-on art activity with a member of the Education Department.
Art Sense-Ations is offered once a month from September through June. The program is free of charge, but enrollment is limited and advance registration is required. To sign up, please contact 716.270.8249, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Touch tours of selected sculpture are available for guests who are blind or partially sighted. For more information, please call 716.270.8249.
Audio wands that provide self-guided verbal description tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted are available at the Guest Services Station.
Access AK is made possible through the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. Endowment; The William M. Wood Foundation; and National Fuel.