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As Giving Tuesday wraps up, you may still be wondering how to help out in your community. There are thousands of people in need in the Charlotte area and countless wonderful organizations that support them.
If you’re having a hard time choosing which initiatives to support in Charlotte this year, the Bechtler’s Annual Fund is a great way to make an impact in several areas at once.
But did you know that contributing to the Bechtler’s Annual Fund goes right back into your community? Your donation supports programs that provide creative outlets and assistance for traditionally under-served segments of the population, including at-risk youth.
The museum’s community outreach programs include:
Jail Arts Initiative
This program offers a creative outlet to incarcerated adults and youths in the Charlotte area. Teaching artists conduct hands-on courses with inmates to create artwork that relates to their inner lives.
Since 2011, the museum has partnered with InReach, a leader in providing housing, jobs and support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Charlotte area. Your donation goes toward art classes, museum tours and special exhibitions of the participants’ work.
Low to no vision museum tours
The Bechtler offers tactile tours and art classes to help people with little to no vision experience the museum in a meaningful way. During the tours, participants are able to explore mid-century modern furniture, bronze, granite, marble and mixed-media sculpture and more via touch. During the Bechtler’s low- to no-vision art classes, participants work with professional artists to create tactile works of their own.
The Museum Memories program was designed to help people with early-stage dementia and their caretakers experience art in a fun and interactive way. The program incorporates museum tours and art classes to help people struggling with memory loss and their caretakers bond over a shared interest and activity.
Blind Square app
Together with Metrolina Association for the Blind, the Bechtler released the Blind Square app in early 2018 to help visually impaired people experience the museum. The app also works in the half-mile radius around the museum, helping users explore uptown Charlotte.
A donation to the Bechtler’s Annual Fund stretches far and wide.
Supporting the Bechtler means supporting at-risk youth, the visually impaired, people with developmental disabilities and dementia, caretakers and the artists and museum staff who pour their creative energy into these programs.
Learn more about the Annual Fund online, and meet the education team! Pictured left to right: Susan Hendley, School and Community Program Coordinator; Mykell Gates Jamil, Associate Director of Education;Brie Uzzell, School and Community Programs Coordinator.