InReach is a leader in providing housing, jobs and community support to adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. The museum began partnering with InReach in 2011 by providing art classes, museum tours and special exhibitions of the participants' works. Museum staff and teaching artists plan and execute on-site residencies and explore modern art, artists and techniques.
I like doing artwork here and I like doing my own artwork at home. - Participant
It’s really great for my daughter to have an opportunity to get out and be social. There aren’t a lot of opportunities like this for people her age. - Coach
The InReach participants look forward to the Bechtler art classes each year! Adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities have been awarded this wonderful opportunity to utilize their abilities and talents to create beautiful pieces of art. The instructors are patient, supportive and enthusiastic which creates a positive setting for our individuals to gain new skills, become more self-confident, and increase their self-determination. InReach is truly grateful to the Bechtler for this community partnership and empowering the individuals served by InReach to realize their dreams. - Community Partner: Lori Gougeon, InReach, President / Chief Executive Officer
He came to class without a coach. When he completed his project he helped his peers. He was glowing with pride, his self-esteem soaring as he showed others his work and guided their hands to success. This was his second time taking an art class with the Bechtler. As he walks into the room he hugs everyone he sees, tears running down his face. “He sometimes cries when he is really happy,” - Staff Member
Jean Tinguely - Albatros
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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.
The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.
Charlotte is fondly referred to as the Queen City and is named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. It is the largest city in North Carolina and is situated halfway between Raleigh and Atlanta.