A child enjoys some of the educational offerings at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. In 2017 the center will offer a series of new classes for all ages. (Submitted)

Sensory Friendly Tours, Star Wars, Shakespeare and More At DACO

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After marking it’s 16-year anniversary last fall, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (DACO), located in historic downtown Lancaster in the Reese-Peters House, has revamped their educational programming to fit the needs of the ever-changing demographics of the region.

Some of these new offerings include in-depth four and six-week drawing and painting fundamental classes for elementary and middle school students; “No Fear Shakespeare: Star Wars the Jedi Doth Return,” a workshop that examines how Shakespeare’s influence is felt in modern pop culture, including various Star Wars scenes performed in Shakespearean style; “Commedia dell’Arte,” which focuses on showing middle school aged children the origins of Western comedy via exploration of 16th century Italian theatre; “Soap Making Saturday” and much more.

In addition, the center is increasing their outreach to those in the community with sensory processing disorders, as well as those who are on the autism spectrum. New sensory friendly tours, developed especially for those populations, will be offered the first Saturday of every month and every week on Monday. During those tours, the center will have lower light and volume levels, as well as other accommodations to make visiting the museum possible for those who often battle over-stimulation.

WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke with acting co-director of the organization, Trisha Clifford-Sprouse, about the museum’s new classes and how the center is working to make the museum more accessible.