ArtAccess Initiatives & Publications

Young children of different races sit at a table covered in blue butcher paper. Using a calligraphy brush, they each practice writing in Mandarin on gridded paper.

Photo: Kuo Heng-Huang



In an effort to build an international network of families in museum access programs, ArtAccess took part in State Department initiatives in partnership with Museo ICO in Madrid, Spain.






The Parent Ambassadors in Visitor Experience program from 2015-2018, invited local parent leaders to collaborate with museum staff in order to make visits to the Queens Museum educational, accessible and engaging for families with young children from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Visitor Experience Agents and museum educators worked together to guide the learning of caregivers and children, providing them with tools that are culturally responsive, developmentally appropriate, and inclusive of diverse learners. Download the Paving New Ways to Exploration in Cultural Institutions guide in English.




Autism Initiatives


We have provided international guidance to cultural institutions in locations as far reaching as Australia and Korea. Locally, in partnership with the Queens Library, we have trained librarians across New York City on methods for supporting families and children affected by autism.




Room to Grow: A Guide to Arts Programming in Community Spaces for Families Affected by Autism


Published by the Queens Museum and funded by IMLS, this guide offers recommendations to community spaces, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions for developing programs and experiences for families with autism. Read the book online here: English or Spanish.