July 29, 2021 Amon Carter Museum of American  Art to  Launch a   New  Event  for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

The Museum’s Free Event Will Be on Thursday, September 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fort Worth, TX, July 29, 2021—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art (the Carter) is launching a new event for adults on the autism spectrum, Meet Up at the Museum, which expands the Museum’s longstanding Access Programs initiative.  The Carter is proud to be among the first art museums in the country to offer this experience for adults on the autism spectrum, an age group that typically does not have as wide an array of programs available to help them. The event will feature sensory stations set up throughout the Museum, guided tours, art making, gallery games, and an artist demonstration. Social schedules will also be available so visitors can map out their visit.

Our community partners, Kristin Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) and EPIC (Empowering Personal Interactions in the Community), both from the University of North Texas, will have information tables set up in the Museum during the event. KFAC provides evidence-based treatment to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and EPIC focuses on providing social opportunities for neurotypical and neurodivergent adults, including those on the autism spectrum. Both groups employ highly trained and licensed specialists who can deliver best practices for engaging with individuals on the autism spectrum. The Carter has partnered with these groups to create Meet Up at the Museum, which will work to reach this audience in our local community and ensure that they have a chance to connect with others as well as the art in our collection.

“The Carter has been connecting with families who have children on the spectrum for many years, but now some of those kids are young adults” said Peggy Speir, the Museum’s Manager of Access Programs and Resources. “Meet Up at the Museum offers adults on the spectrum a tailored experience that invites them to connect with our collection and with one another in a fun, social setting. We are eager to welcome both new and returning museum-goers to our galleries.”

This is a free event; registration for Meet Up at the Museum, which is encouraged but not required, is available beginning August 1. Registration for the event is encouraged but not required. For more details and to sign up visit cartermuseum.org/MeetUp21 or call 817.738.1933.

The Carter has a rich history of providing access events to all ages within our community. For more than five years, we have offered events for people with low or no vision, sensory needs, and cognitive and/or physical needs through monthly and on-request programs. Meet Up at the Museum is another opportunity for the Carter to connect with adults of all ages on the autism spectrum.

About the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (the Carter) is a dynamic cultural resource that provides unique access and insight into the history and future of American creativity through its expansive exhibitions and programming. The Carter’s preeminent collection includes masterworks by legendary American artists such as Ruth Asawa, Alexander Calder, Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Robert Duncanson, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and John Singer Sargent, as well as one of the country’s foremost repositories of American photography. In addition to its innovative exhibition program and engagement with artists working today, the Museum’s premier primary research collection and leading conservation program make it a must-see destination for art lovers and scholars of all ages nationwide. Admission is always free. To learn more about the Carter, visit cartermuseum.org.