The Connections Program

A Supported Museum Experience for Visitors with Disabilities


connections tours


The Connections Program invites adults and children with mental, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities including Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, schizophrenia, physical disabilities and other challenges to experience the museum in a supported environment designed to minimize stress and to provide a connection between each visitor and the art on view in the museum.


The Connections Program welcomes groups from assisted living facilities with their caregivers as well as individuals accompanied by family members or friends. Those who accompany visitors with disabilities are asked to actively participate in the experience and to assist the docent guides in understanding each visitor's individual needs and limitations.


Connections tours are offered on Mondays between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because the museum is closed to the general public on Mondays, the Connections Program can provide an environment that is especially calm and supportive for individuals who may be challenged by noise and crowds.


There is no charge for the Connections Program, but it is important to schedule the visit at least two weeks in advance by calling Georgia Mastroieni at 910-395-5999 ext. 1019 or emailing her at education@cameronartmuseum.org.



How do I schedule an in-person tour with the Connections Program?


  • Individual caregivers or assisted living facilities need to make an appointment by calling or contacting Georgia Mastroieni at 910.395.5999 ext. 1019 or email to: education@cameronartmuseum.org
  • Tours are given on Mondays by appointment.
  • Groups from assisted living facilities will need to provide at least one caregiver for every three participants.
  • Please plan approximately one hour for your tour.
  • Wheelchairs are available if requested at the time of the reservation.




How do I schedule a virtual tour with the Connections Program?



We are offering our Connections Program virtually. The Connections Program invites adults and children with mental, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities including Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, schizophrenia, physical disabilities and other challenges to experience the museum. Education staff will work with you to arrange a Zoom experience that allows participants to view our exhibitions from the comfort and safety of home. These visits take place live on Mondays and we ask that you make your reservation three weeks prior to your requested date. We will arrange a Zoom audio test prior to your visit to ensure an optimum experience. We will also send you a CAM Zoom Guide to hep understand how the virtual tour will be run.

Contact Georgia Mastroieni at education@cameronartmuseum.org to arrange your Virtual Connections Tour. Please let us know the following information:

  • Name, phone number and email address of primary contact (we ask that the primary contact attends the Zoom visit and helps facilitate the conversation).
  • Preferred date and time of visit (these 30 minute virtual visits are available on Mondays between 10am and 2pm).
  • Approximate number of participants and number of screens that will be in use.
  • Any information we should know about your group that will help us provide a meaningful visual experience.

    Suggestions for Virtual Connections Tour participants

  • Log into the Zoom 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
  • Be in a quiet environment during the tour to minimize disruptive background noise.
  • When possible, have your video on to enhance communication.



    Connections is made possible thanks to the generous support from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, the Champion McDowell Davis Charitable Foundation and Mort and Judy Neblett.


    SPONSORS: MANY THANKS TO OUR ONGOING SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESIDENTS.


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