Everyone can Connect. The center helps people of all ages—and all abilities—grow and learn. Call our Education Tours & Programs Manager at 716-878-3156 or email email@example.com for more information on these special tours and programs.
Girl and Boy Scouts
The museum offers badge programs nearly every month for Girl Scout troops through the Girl Scouts of Western New York. Please check the current and upcoming events for our workshop schedule in addition to our Art Museum Discovery Day and Night at the Art Museum. You can also book a tour for your Girl Scout troop at any time of the year.
Art Moves Me
Art Moves Me is a program for people in our community who live with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This multifaceted program supports participants' physical, emotional and cognitive health through art contemplation, movement therapy, music, and memory exercises. It’s led by Cynthia Pegado, a professional dancer and movement instructor who is certified in Dance for PD®.
Visual Voice invites adults who are sight-impaired into discovery, inquiry, and discussion with artworks exhibited in the galleries at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Detailed, expressive verbal descriptions and soundings translate visual information into language, enabling listeners to create vivid mental visualizations. As the process is revealed, each individual is encouraged to form opinions and share in a meaningful collaborative discussion of the described artworks.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center is committed to making the museum and its vast collection of regional art accessible to all members of our community. In keeping with this mission, we are now providing museum visits specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients and their families and caregivers. The program was developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY Chapter 2805. Providing interactive tours with docents affords a means for Early Diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients to express their thoughts and emotions as they connect images and ideas to their past.
Each visit has three distinct components: a tour of the exhibitions, socializing afterward in the café, and return to the galleries for further discussion.
Junior Docent Program
The Junior Docent Program is designed by museum staff and docents to teach middle school students how to lead a group of younger students from their school on a museum tour. The program seeks to engage students with works of art that resonate and parallel their own life experiences. The training provides positive experiences with adult role models and opportunities to gain self-confidence and public speaking skills.