Autism Arts is designed to create opportunities for people on the autism spectrum by presenting a variety of meaningful and positive art experiences. Art can be an effective and inspiring tool for self-expression, especially if words are missing. There can be limited recreational activities as well that consider the unique needs of people on the spectrum and provide appropriate and respectful modifications to ensure enjoyment and fulfillment.
Autism Arts provides an ideal opportunity for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Autism Nova Scotia to build healthy communities with arts programming available for children, youth, adults, and families. Beginning in 2006, Autism Arts is now offered at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch in Yarmouth.
Weekly art classes are available in the fall, winter, and spring for children and youth ages six through early adulthood. Classes take place in the Gallery studios on Saturdays and are 60 minutes in duration. A well-qualified and experienced artist/art educator and an occupational/recreational or behavioural therapist work together with volunteers to provide a fun, safe, and creative learning environment.
2017-18 Autism Arts Classes
- Fall Session – October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9 (NO class on November 11)
- Winter Session – January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24,March 3, 10 (NO class on February 17)
- Spring Session – March 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
Fall Session Dates TBD
- In Halifax, please call Autism Nova Scotia at 902-446-4995
- In Yarmouth, please call the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch at 902-749-2248
For information on the design of the art program, please call 902-424-2197.
Autism Arts presents annual exhibitions of professional framed and installed artworks created by participants in the Autism Arts classes throughout the year. A specially-designed Autism Arts Family Sunday is offered each year in addition to the monthly Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Family Sundays, to provide art experiences for all family members and friends.