Vermont Arts Council

Sensory Friendly Workshop and Performance

Sometimes the best way to learn a new technique is to see it in action. Those who attend this forum at the Flynn will be shown ways to make creative experiences friendly, welcoming, and accessible for those with sensory sensitivities.

A workshop is followed by a one-hour performance to demonstrate and reinforce strategies learned. The evening will conclude with a networking reception for all participants in the Agile Nonprofit’s offerings so far this year.

About the Workshop

The day’s events focus on strategies for making people with autism feel comfortable and more able to engage with creative activities or performances. A panel led by Flynn staff members will lead discussions about elements of what a sensory-friendly experiences look and feel like. Participants who stay for the show afterward will see many of these approaches in practice.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • what sensory adaptations are
  • strategies to create sensory-friendly environments and experiences
  • how to use tools like fidgets and blankets

About the Performance

Utilizing a sensory-friendly format, the Flynn Presents, “Shh ”¦ We Have a Plan,” a nonverbal tale based on the 2016 Red Clover award-winning book of the same name. In this show — featuring live performers, state-of-the-art puppetry, and delightfully offbeat music — an adventuring family ventures into the woods when they encounter a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. Each of these three madcap characters drafts plans to capture the bird, ultimately revealing the comic absurdity of obsession as well as the importance of engaging in kindness and respect toward nature.

Who Should Attend?

Administrators of nonprofit organizations and individuals wanting to learn ways to adapt their creative offerings to include sensory-friendly features.


workshop 4 p.m. | performance 6 p.m. | celebration 7 p.m.

  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, May 9, 2018
  • free for returning organizations | $25 for new participants
  • instructors: Kat Redniss from the Flynn with additional accessibility and disability professionals and experts
  • register online by April 18, 2018


The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is physically accessible for participants who use wheelchair or other mobility aids, and those who prefer not to use stairs. We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation workshops or any other questions you have.

Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator by sending an email or by calling 802.828.3294.


Contact Sarah Mutrux by email or by calling 802.828.5425 with any questions or concerns that you have.

admin-place September 25, 2017