The Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with Family Initiative Inc., continues weekly art classes for young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) this summer with three different sessions. 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 is supported by Suncoast Credit Union, Cape Coral Community Foundation, and the Sylvia Meisenberg Trust.
“We are proud to partner with our friends at Family Initiative to expand art opportunities and promote mental and emotional growth for young artists with autism,” says Alliance for the Arts executive director Lydia Black. “Through the creative process, we allow people to explore and express themselves while building valuable life skills.”
ArtPlay classes, designed for young artists under 18, are taught by a certified art therapist and supported by an Accredited Behavioral Analyst.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Alliance for the Arts to offer this program for children on the autism spectrum,” says Family Initiative Inc. president David Brown. “This program offers a unique opportunity that would otherwise not be available for children with autism in southwest Florida to develop friendships and engage in creative fun activities in a supportive environment.”
ArtPlay classes are Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
- Session one runs June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
- Session two runs July 6, 13, 20 and 27
- Session three runs August 3, 10, 17 and 24
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.