Autism Initiatives: April 17, 2011 Culminating Art Show
May 17 2011
Each program was designated their own station in our Unisphere Gallery, reflecting that program’s theme, along with art masterpieces from our student artists.
In our Puppets station, ArtAccess Educator Lina Claire Meza-Murillo engaged the participants in making their own finger puppets and mini puppet theaters. Our Beautiful Oops! station was conducted by ArtAccess Educator Hanna Joo. Hana guided the children in making accidental art through household materials, such as ripped Korean language newspapers and tissue paper. In conjunction with the Photography class, we set up a Paparazzi station, so that students and their families could take photographs of themselves with our Panorama backdrop. And lastly, the Magic Tree House station was a collection of student’s art work, which surrounded our own model of the magic tree house!
Throughout the event, families munched on local catered food, gluten-free treats made by Artopolis and our own Lindsay Smilow, Manager of School Programs. Delicious smoothies were made by Faraz “The Smoothie Master,” one of our students from the Photography class & Photo Club for Teens. As the families socialized, there was great entertainment by several of our students. Jesus, another member of the Photography class & Photo Club for Teens, demonstrated his wonderful talent on the Charango.
Rocco, a member of our Photography class & Digital Storytelling, pumped the audience with his smooth moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Since this event also served as the graduation to many of our students enrolled in our Autism Initiative programs, each art therapist and educator provided their students with diplomas.
The exhibition of the art work was placed in an interactive cardboard gallery, where children were able to play together among the art pieces.
The most enjoyable aspect of the exhibition was the sense of community that has been created within our programs at Queens Museum of Art and the Queens Library. A “Zine” of our culminating programs was created by ArtAccess Instructor, Sol Aramendi to be shared. If you would like a free copy of the “Zine” or more information about our programs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .