Creative Access

The Bechtler provides museum tours along with creative programming to adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities based on current exhibitions. Programming takes place throughout the year, giving participants the opportunity to come uptown and explore the museum, enjoy the art, and be creative together. Our program partner, InReach, is a leader in providing housing, jobs, and community support to adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

Programming for the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year will be lead by art therapist Amy Seitlin. These programs will not serve as therapy sessions, rather they will provide participants an opportunity to engage with Bechtler exhibitions that is grounded in theory, has a methodology of intention, and therapeutic benefits. Partnering with an art therapist will ensure the museum is an accessible and inclusive space for emotional learning, social connection, and community support. Art therapy emphasizes that art making serves as an expressive outlet, both in the physical process of creating art and in the context of its use as a non-verbal mode of communication. Programming for the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year will explore Bechtler exhibitions including Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement, where participants will view the film installation and participate in Afro-Brazilian movement and percussion. Participants will also view The Bechtler Collection, Jean Tinguely: A Life in Motion and Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Departure without Destination and work with Amy Seitlin to create a variety of artworks in response to the exhibitions. 

While our doors are temporarily closed, the Bechtler remains fully committed to offering art, content, and experiences designed to engage and connect the community to the world of arts and culture. With this commitment in mind, Bechtler Craft Kits were assembled and delivered to many communities, including InReach, our community partner since 2011. The 100 kits specifically designed for InReach participants included artist prompts inspired by techniques and artists from the Bechtler collection and a variety of art supplies. In addition to the kits, Bechtler staff recorded video instructions on the many materials included, which was sent to all participants. From collage, to painting, to drawing, completed artwork began pouring in. While the Bechtler regularly showcases InReach artwork at the museum to celebrate the great work participants do each year in partnership with the museum, that was not possible this year. In place of an onsite showcase, the exhibition was brought outside to the community for a “Drive Thru Artist Showcase” highlighting the work created during Bechtler classes and with the aid of the Bechtler Craft Kits. Family, friends, coaches, and InReach staff were invited to either drive through or don their masks to view the participants’ artwork. For those who were unable to attend, the pieces from the showcase are also available to view in a virtual gallery.


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