The museum’s Sensory-Friendly Mornings is a program for kids with neurodiversity or sensory processing disorders and their families to visit the museum in a safe and fun way. The museum will open early, dim the lights, and provide tools to aid and guide a sensory-friendly experience for the whole family.
July’s Sensory-Friendly Morning will feature a Meet and Make workshop with artist Charles Parson, performances by sound therapist Jade “Dunia Shawty” Brown, and Storyteller Yoga with teacher Cecilia Burns. Please note this edition will not feature our friends from McNicholas Miniature Therapy Horses but they will join us again soon!
About the Artists
Denver/Southern Colorado-based artist Charles Parson has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. with over 75 one-person exhibits in museums, art centers, galleries, and alternative art venues. Working in a multi-faceted usage of sculptures, murals, drawings, prints, sound installations, monumental public works, and performance works, his work blends representational and abstract approaches to his artistic statements. He has taught, as a Professor of Art since 1971, working as well as a contract graphic muralist and illustrator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for 25 years. His family has developed a private art retreat in southeastern Colorado since 1999, which has been the driving inspiration in his work for the past twenty years. Learn more about Charles and his work at his website.
Jade “Dunia Shawty” Brown is a Black creative who is deeply passionate about frequencies and believes in sharing their spiritual gifts with her community. She is also a "veteran" Sensory-Friendly performer, teaming with former Creative-in-Residence Kerrie Joy last summer for a sound-based storytelling activity. She will be activating our Sensory Garden with an interactive program called If Plants Could Hum.
Cecilia Burns is a longtime Denver educator with extensive experience working with neurodiverse youth. She blends her love of yoga and storytelling into fun and engaging experiences for kids of all ages and abilities. Another Sensory-Friendly vet, Cecilia has taught Storyteller Yoga with us in the past, as well as being a regular volunteer at our events.
Sensory-Friendly Mornings are supported by The Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative, Autism Community Store, and The Autism Society of Colorado Opening Doors™ Program.