Engagement and Inclusion
A new year brings new steps toward implementing diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives, programs and extended exhibition materials at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. With the intent of offering a more accessible, inclusive and enjoyable experience for visitors, MOAH will be providing bilingual English/Spanish translations of exhibition information and offering sensory-friendly programming for those families with children experiencing autism or other hypo/hyper-sensitivities beginning with the exhibition Golden Hour: California Photography from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opening in February 2021.
In developing sensory-friendly programming at MOAH, staff began by researching the obstacles that those experiencing autism face when going to a public institution such as an art museum. Based on this research, a survey was created and disseminated locally in both Spanish and English with the help of AV Seed and Grow Cultivar y Crecer, a Lancaster-based 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to “empower, educate, encourage and protect individuals and families of individuals with special needs in the Antelope Valley.” The nine-question survey was designed to help the museum best understand the needs of families experiencing autism and other hyper/hypo-sensitivities.
Based on direct feedback from the community, MOAH is developing a myriad of programs including special open hours, sensory-friendly tours for small groups, hands-on arts activities for children and a Take-A-Break Space where guests can use self-calming tools in a darkened, quiet environment. During special open hours MOAH will reduce auditory and visual stimuli in the museum by lowering the lights and limiting unexpected noise. Staff will also be trained in how to best accommodate visitors experiencing autism through training provided by AV Seed and Grow Cultivar y Crecer. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, sensory-friendly programming will be limited and announced officially at a later date.
News & Updates:
As part of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History’s accessibility and inclusion initiatives the museum is pleased to offer a Visual Language: American Sign Language Tour for each exhibition at MOAH’s main location. Join a MOAH staff member along with a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a virtual tour highlighting select artworks from the current exhibition.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, in collaboration with The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland, provides virtual museum tour experiences including interactive discussions of specific pieces from the current exhibition. The Early Stage Social Engagement Program offers a fun and comfortable way for people living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other dementia to get connected with one another through a variety of social and virtual events. Join us to learn about Antelope Valley history, art, music and so much more. Caregivers and partners welcome.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Materiales de Exhibición, Anuncios, Blog, Y Noticias
Exhibition Materials, Ads, Blog, & News
El Lancaster Museum of Art and History ahora ofrece materiales de exhibición y anuncios bilingües en español / inglés. Los materiales incluyen texto de pared traducido sobre obras de arte y artistas y un programa completamente traducido para cada exposición. El museo reconoce que existen varios beneficios al ofrecer traducciones multilingües: aumentar la accesibilidad para los visitantes, ampliar el alcance de la comunidad y atender a una audiencia más amplia y cada vez más diversa, todo mientras se combate las desigualdades sociales.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History now provides bilingual Spanish/English exhibition materials and ads. Materials include translated wall text regarding artworks and artists and a fully-translated program for each exhibition. The museum recognizes that there are several benefits in offering multilingual translations: increasing accessibility for visitors, broadening community outreach and serving a wider and increasingly diverse audience, all while combating social inequities.