The Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with Family Initiative Inc., will formally launch weekly art classes for young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in January 2017. The program, ArtPlay, is designed to engage children with ASD in the arts while focusing on identity development, self-awareness, self-esteem, social communication and building positive coping skills. The project has garnered support from Suncoast Credit Union, Cape Coral Community Foundation, and the Sylvia Meisenberg Trust.
ArtPlay classes, designed for young artists under 18, are taught by a certified art therapist and supported by an Accredited Behavioral Analyst.
“We are proud to work with Family Initiative to expand art opportunities to young artists with autism,” says Alliance for the Arts executive director Lydia Black.
ArtPlay classes are Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Session one is Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 1, 9. Session 2 is Feb. 16, 23 and March 2. Session 3 is March 16, 23, and 30. The program takes place at the Alliance for the Arts.
The cost is $10 per class, which includes art supplies. Pre-registration is required. Students must respond to verbal direction, independently toilet, and not require one-on-one supervision.