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Inclusion in the Arts, Its about more than just the art

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Artists with different abilities are making art, learning business skills, and making an income with the help and support of a networking group. The members of Artists With Autism, Inc. are encouraged to maintain their own micro-enterprise business and share table space at art and craft shows. The nonprofit organization also helps to organize exhibits at local galleries. The exhibits or “Inclusion in the Arts” is one of the four modules offered with membership in the group. The Inclusion in the Arts exhibit includes artworks from artists with and without disabilities. Artist with Autism member Norval Hall, is an artist with intellectual disabilities. He remembers it as the most exhilarating experience. The exhibit marks the day for his first sold painting. His interpretation of Flutterfish originally created by Jacklyn LaFlamm was sold on opening night. The experience for Norval was more than just creating the art. The Inclusion of the Arts brought a feeling of accomplishment, acceptance and inspired continued creativity. Artists with Autism, Inc. is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and incorporates four distinct modules for members to participate in that will enrich their social, artistic, and business ideals. The modules include; the Micro-enterprise program, The Virtual Gallery membership, the ARTy Party, and Inclusion In the Arts. Members have the option to be involved in all, or selective programs at any time based on their interests and desires. For more information about Artists With Autism, or the Inclusion in the Arts program visit their website at www.ArtistswithAutism.org. If this article interests you and you want to hear more about South Florida artists and galleries, please subscribe above.

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