Carter Museum’s free event welcomes neurodivergent adults and guests for a night of art and nature

By David ArkinApril 5, 2024No Comments

Carter Museum’s free event welcomes neurodivergent adults and guests for a Night of art and adventure

April is all about embracing Autism Acceptance Month, and to celebrate, the Carter Museum of American Art has something special lined up.

Meet up at the Museum: Nature is especially created for neurodivergent adults and their guests. It’s a terrific opportunity for adults with autism or other neurodivergent diagnosis to connect with others from the community in a creative and social way.

Participants not only gain knowledge about art and nature but also develop their observational skills, creativity and ability to express themselves.

The evening of exploring artworks, playing games, and engaging in a nature art project offers a unique and memorable way to connect with art, nature, and each other.

“We continue to offer this free event every September and April, which has seen a steady increase of participants each time,” said Manager of Access Programs and Resources, Peggy Speir.

Participants and their guests are free to pick and choose what activity they would like to do while hanging out with familiar friends or making new friends. The social event is sensory-friendly and designed especially for individuals with autism.

“But it is fun for all of the guests,” Speir said.

The Carter also offers an event designed for families with children on the spectrum (and their siblings) twice a year.

The museum also offers a number of access programming upon request, which engages visitors with low to no vision, adults, children with intellectual disabilities and those with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners.

The Carter works hard to be a museum for all, which includes visitors with disabilities, said Speir.

Meet up at the Museum might be the first time an autistic adult feels comfortable coming to the museum, she said. Or this could be a continuation for visitors who might have attended Sensory Explorations, the family autism program, but have aged out.

“Once visitors come to the Carter, they can see that this museum is for them,” Speir said. “Whether it’s attending an access event, using a universally designed tool, or just feeling familiar with the space, this audience will understand we have many experiences and programs they can enjoy.”

American Sign Language interpretation may be provided for parts of this event upon request.


When: Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth

Phone: 817-738-1933

Cost: Registration is free