2017-04-20 / Arts & Entertainment News

Alliance offers art program for children with autism

The Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with Family Initiative Inc., continues weekly art classes for young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder in April and May.

The program, ArtPlay, engages 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.

“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 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 to develop friendships and engage in creative fun activities in a supportive environment.”

ArtPlay classes are Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The next session is May 4, 11, 18 and 25. The program takes place at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

The cost is $10 per class including art supplies. Pre-registration is required. Students must respond to verbal direction, independently toilet and not require one-on-one supervision.

For more information or to register, call (239) 939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/ArtPlay. ¦

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