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One of the goals of the Burchfield Penney is to help people of all ages - and all abilities - experience artwork. To that end, the staff at the fully accessible museum has developed the following programs.

Call Mary Marino Kozub at 716-878-3156 or email kozubmm@buffalostate.edu for customized tours and programs.

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.

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.

Alzheimer’s Program

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 afterwards in the café and return to the galleries for further discussion.