St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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Arts Council Of Martin County Calls For Visual Art Entries For Annual “Members Showcase”. Deadline Is June 12, 2020

The Annual “Members Showcase” of the Arts Council of Martin County is open for entries of 2D and 3D works of art.  Eligible artists are current, renewing, and new Member artists. While an in-person gallery experience isn’t possible due to Covid19 regulations, this exhibit will be present via an on-line gallery, in fact opening it to more art patrons than ever before. The deadline to apply is June 12.  The Rickie Report shares the details.  The exhibition is available June 19 – July 31, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

  • Exhibit dates: June 19 – July 31, 2020
  • Submission deadline: June 12, 2020 
  • Virtual gallery link and promotional flyer will be sent on or before June 19th to all participating artists and shared on all media channels.

 

Want to exhibit your work? Here’s how!

 

 

  • Artist must be a Current, Renewing, or New member of the Arts Council of Martin County.
  • One (1) artwork per Member Artist
  • 2D and 3D original work in all media completed in the last 36 months and not previously exhibited at the Court House Cultural Center or any other local art exhibit within 50 miles (i.e. The Elliott Museum, Lighthouse Art Center, Backus Museum, etc.).
  • Member artists may choose to use artwork included on their current listing on our Member Artist page or submit a new image for exhibit.
  • Photos of Artwork must be taken in good lighting, cropped to image only, clear and in focus, and minimum 72dpi resolution.

 

Entry Form:

https://www.martinarts.org/programs/cultural_center_gallery/members-showcase-entry-form.html

Conditions

 

  • Artists are encouraged to price their work for sale.  Commission is 25% to the Arts Council and 75% to the artist. Artist can choose to donate all proceeds to the Arts Council’s programs.
  • Sales price does not include shipping or delivery.  This will be handled separately between the artist and buyer.
  • The Arts Council reserves the right to refuse an artwork if the work is improperly framed, wired, misrepresented by the submitted digital image, and/or any other reason.
  • The Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes.

Questions Contact Jennifer at 772.287.6676 ext 2 or jhearn@martinarts.org

 

About The Arts Council of Martin County:

A private, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, The Arts Council of Martin County is supported in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners and private contributions. Its activities include:

  •   Cultural assessment and planning services to arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and the communities the local arts agency represents;

  •   Promotion of arts and cultural events or opportunities;

  •   Collaborations that benefit the community at large and provide greater quality and access to arts and cultural programs and opportunities;

  •   Programs, projects, or initiatives such as arts in education, lifelong learning, art in public places, marketing and community outreach.

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Art Continues As We Celebrate Kirsten Hines, Virtual Artist In Residence For May

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up are encouraged to apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Kirsten Hines, the May, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. Artists are urged to apply before the September 30, 2020 deadline to be part of this exhibition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Fine Art & Photography   Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   IN   RESIDENCE   PROGRAM

Introducing

KIRSTEN HINES

Photographer & Nature Writer

Virtual Artist in Residence, May 2020

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment.

Kirsten Hines, our Virtual Artist in Residence for May, is based in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. She is a talented and dynamic photographer, author and conservationist. You can read her blog and see the images from her global travels on her website. We present here a taste of her work: http:// www.kirstennaturetravel.com

 

 

Kirsten’s Inspiration

Kirsten tells The Rickie Report, “I have always been inspired by nature. The plants and animals in my childhood yard in the Philippines hosted many an adventure, and led me to a master’s degree in biology. But somehow important issues, stories and even the wildlife I so adored lost their magic when defined by columns of scientific numbers. I now strive to convey environmental issues and stories through my writing and photography, without sacrificing the magic“.

 

 

“Study in Stripes” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Like a human finger print, each zebra has distinctive stripes. This variation seemed most prominent to me on the tail, particularly in this grouping of zebras in a water hole at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park where each of these zebras had a bold yet unique tail pattern.

 

I seek to provide an intimate perspective on nature from around the world, reflecting wildlife, their behaviors, and habitats both in an unaltered documentary- style and in a more interpretive abstract style achieved in-camera to convey the emotional experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Glimmer of Hope” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Found only on Isla Escudo de Veraguas in Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago, Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are listed Critically Endangered. This one was asleep in a mangrove tree when we arrived by boat, looking up only momentarily as the boatman demonstrated its mating whistle.

 

Focus on the Natural World

It was two memories from my childhood in the Philippines that really transformed my love of exploring nature into a passion for environmental conservation….

The first was a bird – the kind of flamboyant bird one imagines from the tropics with bright colors and elaborate plumes. I’d never seen a bird like it in our yard before but as I raced to the window for a better view, a young stranger shot it from the tree with a slingshot. The bird was bagged and gone before my family had a chance to protest. I never saw another like it.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sunset Heron” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

As the sky outside St. Augustine, Florida blazed with sunset colors, the marsh before me glowed orange and gold. Water ripples became black lines across a scene that looked more like graphic art than a wetland. Then this Great Blue Heron emerged from the vegetation, returning the scene to nature once again.

 

The other memory wasn’t a single event but rather the progressive change in scenery along our weekly commute between Manila and our rural home in Cavite. Slowly but steadily stilt-houses in small coastal fishing villages and thatch huts in luscious rice fields succumbed to bulldozers and concrete. The last time I took the route, 25 years ago by now, the city had all but engulfed our formerly provincial compound. I could count on one hand the remaining patches of green. I mourned for the children I saw playing at the highway’s edge. They would never chase the end of a rainbow through meadows and mango orchards to find a pool of golden light at the end as I once had.

 

 

 

 

 

“Savanna Skyline” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

My day on the Serengeti was drawing to a close. A lone hartebeest stood silhouetted against the evening sky. A large, uniquely horned African antelope, the outline of a hartebeest is distinctive. This was likely a male, overseeing his territory prior to nightfall.

 

How I Get My Shots

I’ve always been an explorer…

 

I’m happiest tromping barefoot through the mud, along a stream, in a tidepool or anywhere I might find something new and exciting to experience in nature. Whether I was in a big city or some remote jungle, I was always seeking unusual plants and animals regardless of whether it was a single flower peeking from a crack in a sidewalk or a troop of howler monkeys swinging through the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Desert Elegance” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Protected within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the United Arab Emirates, this pair of mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella) peeked down at me from atop their camouflaging dune. Wary with reason given their IUCN Red-listing as Vulnerable, these Arabian Peninsula natives are extirpated across broad portions of their natural range.

 

I minimize post-processing and avoid digital manipulation.


I attempt to stay as true to the moment as possible and because nature is impressive without human intervention. With my photography and writing, I aim to lure viewers more deeply into the natural world than they might venture on their own. I aim to reflect nature and inspire conservation.

 

 

Kirsten’s Entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

I’ve been participating in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest since I first discovered it in 2015. The title alone caught my attention, and I was hooked when I realized it wasn’t just a namesake, the goal was in fact conservation.

 

 

 

 

“Texture of Life” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Skin differences between a baby and mother elephant signify aging. In the surrounding savanna, ancient baobab trees have no saplings. Elephants cannot migrate across Africa, restricted to parks for their protection. Habitats suffer without respite. Yet outside, 96 elephants a day die for ivory.

 

 

 

“Arctic Face-off” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Two iconic arctic predators – a polar bear and a gray wolf, both large males – assess one another in Manitoba, Canada. The pair circled one another, there were a couple of false charges, and ultimately, they went their separate ways. Perhaps they know, a heating planet is the true enemy.

 

 

When I looked into the non-profit being supported by the show, I realized an even deeper personal connection. I had volunteered at the Center for Great Apes https://www.centerforgreatapes.org over a decade prior with a group of friends. We’d stayed in a house alongside a baby chimpanzee who’d needed personalized care, and helped build a new boardwalk between outdoor enclosures. It is a center built from love, to provide long-term care and a family for primates that can never be returned to the wild and to try and prevent future incursions.

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography contest carries this love forward, passionately promoting endangered species and environmental conservation while creating a family of friends. I’m honored to be part of that family.

 

 

 

“Pondering” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

I wondered what this silverback Mountain Gorilla pondered as I visited its forested home in Rwanda. Perhaps it was the routine oddity of daily human visits, visits that however odd have helped protect this critically endangered species, shifting economic incentives from poaching and deforestation to tourism.

How Can Artists Help?

 

We live at a time when our environmental challenges are greater and more global than ever before. We are losing species at unprecedented rates and climate extremes are no longer regional, they’re becoming our planetary norm. We also live at a time when people are constantly inundated with words and images through the internet and social media.

 

We live in a world of competing messages and it is of utmost importance the health of the earth remains at the forefront of that messaging. Every artist who includes endangered species and conservation as part of their work is helping to keep this essential message alive.

 

Humans must learn to co-exist with nature, before we too must join the list of endangered species.

 

 

See more of Kirsten’s work at:  http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com

Kirsten’s next planned round of solo exhibitions will coincide with the release of my Wild Florida book, likely in 2022. In the interim, my studio gallery in Coconut Grove is open by appointment and I continue to participate in group exhibitions as opportunities arise. At the moment my work is on display with the Ft. Lauderdale branch of the National League of Pen Women at Broward College in Davie.

My presentation schedule has been put on hold during the pandemic, but I anticipate rescheduling several talks in the fall, hopefully including presenting my new Dry Tortugas National Park book at the Miami International Book Fair.  I will also continue teaching bird photography workshops in partnership with Tropical Audubon Society, and I will lead a multi-day workshop and trip to Dry Tortugas National Park next spring. Details will be posted on my website at www.KirstenNatureTravel.com, where people can also sign-up for my quarterly newsletter for additional news and updates.

 

 

Follow Kirsten at:
Web: http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com
Twitter: @KirstenNatTrav
Facebook: facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel
Instagram: @kirstennaturetravel

 

 

 

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php ?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED

Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

 

• Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

• Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001). We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.

There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

 

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition.

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues. We hope for the best, but must consider that resurgence of the virus could force last- minute cancellation or strict social distancing, severely limiting visitor numbers. We will make a decision mid-summer as to whether the real life exhibition will take place.

The Juried Contest to determine the winners of our $7,000 in prize money will go ahead, closing date on  September 30, 2020.

We are developing an exciting virtual exhibition to run regardless of the Covid-19 situation. This exhibition will run from November 1 to December 31, 2020. Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning. We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real life show. Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days.

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece.

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note: Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place. Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes.com by June 30th.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.

 

 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

 

 

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

• Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
• You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
• We will design an eflyer for you to send out to clients and contacts • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website

o You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.

o We will include your full bio and artist statement
o We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
o We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
o We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
o We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. Artists can only be featured once a year.

 

 

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Announces “Gallery On Demand” And “Studio 1” Artist In Residency Program

Whitespace The Mordes Collections inaugurates two new initiatives:  An Artist in Residency Program “STUDIO 1”, features Wilma Bulkin Siegel, MD., a pioneer in the integration of art and medicine. “Gallery On Demand” offers artists short term or long term art space for exhibits of 2D and 3D artworks, including wearable art and apparel.  The Rickie Report shares the details here with some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Art Synergy Aid Auction Opens Today With OneCause/BidPal Online. Supporting Local Artists, Generating Grants, And Making The World A Better Place

The Art Synergy AID Auction opens TODAY, with OneCause/BidPal (online auctions) and continues through Friday, May 22 at midnight.  Art Synergy is the unique movement of artists, businesses, and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of South Florida’s vibrant arts community.  Co-founder of Art Synergy, Rolando Chang Barrero and museum-collected artist Camilla Webster have called their respective networks to come together to deliver financial solutions to the community.  Sign up now.  It is free!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks. Start bidding!  The artists whose financial contributions to our economy in the past deserve our support NOW!  Meet the participating artists on Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART   SYNERGY   AID   AUCTION

Monday, May 18  at  8:00 am

through

Friday,  May 22  at  midnight

 

 

 

Online: https://one.bidpal.net/artsynergyaid2020/auction

 

 

Meet  the  Artists  of  Art  Synergy  on  ZOOM

 

 

May 21, 2020   6:00   PM

Contact  ArtSynergyPBC@Gmail.com  for password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction which begins TODAY at 8 am and concluded on May 22, 2020 at midnight features over 70 local artists who will be donating 50% of their sales to the Art Synergy AID Fund which will make grants of up to $500 for local artists in crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic.  

A Meet the Artists on Zoom is planned for this Thursday at 6 PM and will be broadcast Live on social media, otherwise you’ll need to contactArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com  to link and password to participate. More info will be available atwww.ArtSynergy.org

 

 

The Art Synergy AID Auction

…a benefit for Art Synergy AID Fund

 

Browse, buy, or bid today ~ help support your local art community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Request Meet and Greet Link Now at ArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com

 

To donate directly to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support these artists:

DONATE NOW

 

 

Get to know our friends and organizers:

Hindman Auctions Palm Beach

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Dave Lawrence  Jessica Ransom  Shaun Castillo


The Art Altruist


Camilla Webster  Kate List  Guy Clark  Kate Waterhouse Valeray Francisco  Kelly Luchini  Steve Watson
Who are sponsoring Art Synergy during their     Inaugural Auction | 05.29.20

Note: The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of money (and the fair market value of property other than money) contributed over the value of goods or services provided by the organization.  Art Synergy is a exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072

 

The Art Altruist is a group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation.

Follow us on Instagram: @TheArtAltruist for more information.

 

 

About Hindman:

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. Visit: hindmanauctions.com for more information.Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of  the first Altruistic Art Auction via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Partners and Supporters:

 

 

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“Keep Art Alive” St.Lucie Cultural Alliance Transcends Counties, Cities Or Countries. Real Resources, New Art Activities Are Available

The newest edition of “Keep Art Alive” from the St.Lucie Cultural Alliance transcends counties, cities or countries.  Anyone can use this information to continue to bring culture to their lives, as we make our way into a new world.  Learn new art techniques, find financial forums for help, discover new art resources, enjoy art activities for adults and children.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos here.  We are proud to be a Media Sponsor of this organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP    ART    ALIVE  !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With school remaining closed, and summer coming with must of us still in quarantine, what is a better way to keep the family entertained than a creative art project?! Recycled art is an inexpensive and fun way to explore creativity. Plus, we all know, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Let’s recycle and pile up on inexpensive art supplies right from home.

In this edition of “Keep Art Alive”, we will learn recycled art tips and tricks, and how to get creative on a low budget or no budget.

 

 

 

REVEAL     YOUR     TREASURES

 

Found any treasures around the house? Let your imagination run wild! Create the most eye-opening recycled artwork and let us see it on social media using hashtags #artstlucie #stayhome #withartstlucie #keepartalive #jointhemovement #recycledart, and tag us, @artstlucie . We will repost it on all our digital platforms, including our website. 1. 2. 3. Treasure hunt

 

 

RESOURCES    FOR    ARTISTS

 

We will continue to use our platform as a hub to bring free resources, opportunities and financial relief information to you during the adversities of COVID-19.

Resources are updated weekly          Get the latest updates

 

 

 

GET INVOLVED   

STAY CONNECTED

 

We would also like to extend a private invitation to you to join our exclusive Facebook group, Join the Movement, created for our members, partners and friends. There, feel free to lead discussions about the arts, including sharing, teaching, learning, asking questions, providing feedback, making suggestions, and getting and sharing resources. Have you visited our online marketplace? Start a discussion about one of your favorite pieces in the Facebook group.

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For more information:

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Ave     Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5632

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces A Virtual Artist-In-Residence Program

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest announces a Virtual Artist-In-Residence Program!  Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.  The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest. The Rickie Report introduces Deborah Knowlson, the Inaugural Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Deborah Knowlson

Inaugural Virtual Artist in Residence April, 2020

 

 

Deborah Knowlson tells The Rickie Report, “I’m a self-taught watercolor artist. Wildlife and nature are a life-long passion, even if the painting is new. The skills and the subject matter, wildlife and nature, came naturally to me.  I was born in London, England, and now live in Oregon, US. My interests revolve around nature: art, gardening, science, friendships, hobbies, and outdoor activities. But, I am not young.  As the world became more affected by climate change, stresses on nature, and impacts of trafficking animals I became aware that speaking up and expressing concern and hope is something anyone can do regardless of age and situation. I chose to do it through painting. My family and friends are supportive and I am proud and grateful for anything I can do to raise awareness and participate in protecting what I love“.

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“Esake” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

I painted this watercolor to support Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only sanctuary for bonobos rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.  Esake was rescued on her way to a wildlife market after a bushmeat hunter killed her mother. Here she is, safe at the sanctuary.    For more information https://www.lolayabonobo.org

 

“Baby Shelley” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

A watercolor of “Baby Shelley,” hangs there, a gift from me to the people there. Wildlife rescue teams are vital to conservation and work hard.  The Refuge for Wildlife assists baby howler monkeys who are victims of power lines in Costa Rica for Wildlife, Nosara. http://refugeforwildlife.org

 

 

Photo credit Deb Knowlson. ©2020 All Rights Reserved.

 

“Reaching the Heart,” this watercolor was auctioned at the #BeJane Jane Goodall-Institut, Austria in 2019.  It represents the hope that is found by reaching the heart of people to care about wildlife and nature.  You can see the image of Dr Jane holding (oh my!) Deb’s painting. An extremely meaningful moment for her, as a conservation artist. This photo of Dr Jane hangs on Deb’s wall with the family photos!   https://www.thejanegoodallinstitute.com

Deb’s entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest:

I chose the three paintings of Asian elephants to enter into the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 because they are a family group.  The relevance of this in these strange times is that we have all retreated from the world into our own families due to the health situation.  Whether our family is just ourselves, or our immediate family, our focus suddenly changed to what is precious and who matters to us.  Elephants have incredible ability to bond and feel empathy for their family and herd.  In these times we, ourselves, can empathize with this ability and understand that all living creatures are worthy and their family and herd is as important to them as we are to our ourselves.  

 

 

Let’s honor that.

 

 

 

“Strength and Wisdom” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson.

 

 

“Dignity” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

 

“Hope” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

 

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php ?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

How Can Art Help?

 

Deborah says, “My message to other artists who paint wildlife and nature for awareness of conservation and animal welfare is that we often feel like we are not achieving anything by doing so. Who will see our art? Who will understand our message? Will it make any difference in the vast need for humankind to meet all its needs while caring about wildlife and nature”?

Most days we say, “No, it’s too little and it’s just a drop in the bucket.” Yet, many of us keep dropping in the bucket and keep up our small contribution.

Our ability to capture the spirit of animals and wildlife and attract people’s attention is part of a far bigger picture of individuals who work hard and dedicate their lives and careers to attempting to save species, lands, seas, and skies in a rapidly changing environment with many pressures on nature.

 

Will art make a difference?

 

A person took the time and interpreted something wild or a situation and shared that with others to say, this is relevant, this is important, please look at this. And people do! People like and enjoy various styles and forms of art, there is no right and wrong way to do it.

 

So enter contests; exhibit work, sell and donate pieces, speak up, and keep at it. There is no good that comes from hours of creating that results in a piece sitting in a closet and not shared.

There is nothing to lose. Every little bit helps.

 

 

 

 

“Sweet Rosie”©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson.

Benefitting Indonesian Parrot Project:  https://indonesian-parrot-project.org

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“Saving the Seas” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

A common native West Coast Canary Rockfish in clean, clear water.  What is in the sea is as threatened by habitat loss as what is on land. 

 

 

 

“Vanishing Triassic”   ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

Marine Food Webs: Drifters to Swimmers. Sturgeon, apex predator more endangered than any other group of species.

 

 

“Little Refugee”  ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

This little marsupial, the Australian Antechinus, struggles greatly in the increasing fires and heat of Australia due to the climate change and introduced non-native predators.

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED

Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

 

• Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

• Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001). We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

 

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition in Miami, December 2nd-5th, 2020 during Art Basel Week. Entries will be selected based on the jury panel scores and in the context of a coherent, curated exhibition. Keep checking your Juried Art Services account for updates.

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.

 

 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

 

 

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

• Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
• You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
• We will design an eflyer for you to send out to clients and contacts • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website

o You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.

o We will include your full bio and artist statement
o We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
o We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
o We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
o We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. Artists can only be featured once a year.

 

 

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Synergy Announces 2 Art Auctions, Including A Local Call For Art Offering Artists An Opportunity To Be Included In An International Auction

As the Covid19 pandemic continues to threaten us, artists and collectors have witnessed the closure of every studio, gallery and institution at the height of season. Museum collected artist, Camilla Webster, and Muse award winner Rolando Chang Barrero are calling on their respective networks to come together to deliver financial solutions to the community! Art Synergy is inviting artists from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties to apply to the Call for Artists for the Art Synergy AID Auction and The Altruistic Art Auction 2020 to be held online on May 22, and May 29, 2020 respectively.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to apply by the May 9th deadline!  No Fee!

 

 

Bright Future for The Arts in Palm Beach

THE ART ALTRUIST

LAUNCHES THEIR FIRST AUCTION

WITH

HINDMAN AUCTIONS 

TO SUPPORT ARTISTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY THROUGH

ART SYNERGY AID

 

 

Tropical Flowers, Hunt Slonem, 42” x 53.5″ (circa 1990s Oil on Canvas)

 

 

 

Apply HERE: For opportunity to be accepted for:

The Local Auction on May 22, 2020

The International auction on May 29, 2020

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1715

 

 

All work will to be selected by guest jurors:

Jessica Ransom, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Kate Waterhouse, Co-chair of The Altruistic Art Auction

Paul Fisher, Fisher Art Gallery

Rolando Chang Barrero, The Box Gallery


Art Synergy/The Art Altruist
WORKS for AUCTION
A 50/50 Win Win for Artists!


“Our goal is to support Palm Beach county artists, by providing a primary or additional source of income to meet their financial needs and keep them working throughout this crisis and beyond.” Say Webster and Barrero. “It’s time to organize and ensure the art world in Palm Beach can pivot and restructure for a bright future. We’re committed to solutions.” 

 

NO FEE

Art Synergy is inviting artists from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties to apply to the call for artists for the Art Synergy AID Auction and The Altruistic Art Auction 2020 to be held online on May 22, and May 29, 2020 respectively.


Art Synergy AID Auction will be held on May 22, 2020 and The Altruistic Art Action facilitated by Hindman Auctioneers will be held on May 29, 2020, the auctions will benefit the Art Synergy AID Fund.

All artists wishing to participate are required to submit an application to the jury and must apply via Juried Art Services.

The deadline to apply is May 9, 2020

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

Art Synergy AID AUCTION and The Altruistic Art Auction is open to all professional artists who reside and work in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties. All work to be exhibited must be well conceived, expertly executed, and arrive ready to hang.

If you need a pedestal or monitor YOU MUST PROVIDE IT. All work should reflect the individuality of the artist. Giclee reproductions of paintings will not be accepted.

5 CATEGORIES:
2D, 3D, Video/Film, Installation Art and Performance Art

 

The Art Altruist, Camilla Webster, (646) 477-1512

Art Synergy, Rolando Chang Barrero, (786) 521-1199

Art Synergy Aid Fund co-founder and curator of The Box Gallery, Rolando Chang Barrero with the support of the The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County will undertake a critical role in the community. Art Synergy, The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and Paul Fisher’s Juried Art Services will gather information and applications from artists in crisis for Art Synergy Aid relief grants.  The Art Synergy website will be auctioning luxury local and international experiences in Palm Beach prior to the Hindman Auction. The Clark Hulings Fund is a participant.  

To donate directly to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support Palm Beach artists:

Donate Here

Email:   artsynergypbc@gmail.com

Blog:    http://artsynergypbc.blogspot.com/

 

 

The Art Altruist is a group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation.

Follow us on Instagram: @TheArtAltruist for more information.

 

 

About Hindman:

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. Visit: hindmanauctions.com for more information.Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of  the first Altruistic Art Auction via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund.

 

 

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Martin Artists Guild Offer “Blue By You” Art Exhibit From The Palm Room May 5 – June 30. View From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

For many artists being at home, spending many hours alone working on their creations, and wearing masks or other protective gear is quite normal. What they are not used to is the inability to have a reception hosting numerous people in order to show their latest art work…  Area professional artists who are members of the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) will continue their shows at the Palm Room at Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart, but a bit differently.  The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of the newest exhibit.  You can view them by private appointment or virtually from the comfort of your own home.  The exhibit includes paintings, glass, jewelry, photography, metal sculpture and ceramics all of which were created using various shades of blue. Not allowing any blue moods to take over, the artists have kept up their spirits by focusing on creating new art which they hope to share with the public through this beautiful and dramatic show. We urge you to take a look and remember that cultural arts have kept us entertained and inspired during our quarantine.

 

 

 

 


 

“BLUE   BY   YOU”

 

 

Being Exhibited At:  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

 

May 5 – June 30, 2020

 

FREE

By Appointment Only Or Virtually 

 

 

Between May 5 and the end of June, the show can be seen through the Palm Room windows or by appointment with any of the exhibiting artists. Their contact information will be posted on the doors and is available in the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour Booklet and Gallery Guide. All health precautions will be taken including face masks being worn. If restrictions are lifted before the end of June, there may be an artists’ reception held, but none are scheduled at this time.

 

 

 

 

Participating artists:

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Mallo Bisset

Cheryl Cote

Laura Kay Darvill

Diana Rell Dean

James DiMartis

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Alice Laputka

Maria Miele

Lynn Morgan

Alex Murray

Chad Periman

 

 

The exhibit will be shown on the MAG website:

 

www.mcost.org

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

 

 

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

www.mcost.org

 

 

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Patrick McCallister Shares Insights And Suggestions For Artists, Art Show Producers, And The Public. April Is Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is observed every year on April 2nd.  Patrick McCallister shares some of his insights when he attended an art show, to raise public awareness of autism. The Rickie Report includes some helpful points which enhance not only the experience for the art lover, but increase sales for the artists. WAAD highlights the need to help and improve the quality of life of those with autism so that they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.  While we are physically distanced and our awareness is more heightened, we can learn some new behaviors when we go back to our new “normal”.

 

 

 

 

If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.

– Dr. Stephen Shore   www.autismspeaks.org

 

 

 

April   is   Autism   Awareness   Month

Awareness and Acceptance Are Good For Artists

 

 

By Patrick McCallister, With Rickie Leiter

 

 

 

To raise Autism Awareness, we must first become informed.  The aim of sharing this is to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.

 

Patrick shares, “As Deborah and I walked onto the crowded street for the art show, I could hear myself making involuntary guttural sounds. I put in my earplugs and set a pair of industrial earmuffs over them to block almost all sound”.

 

“Fortunately that show was laid out in such a way that it minimized the amount of multi-directional pedestrian traffic I’d encounter. If it wasn’t set up like that, I couldn’t have been there. We would have left before walking into the art show, altogether. Still, throughout our visit my head was on a proverbial swivel as I nervously watched out for anyone getting too close to me. Incidental touches are more than disturbing to me — they’re painful, which is something many people find hard to believe or understand”.

 

“When I stopped to look at pieces that caught my eye, artists and other sellers started friendly, but quickly got visibly annoyed”.

“I’m used to that….”, Patrick tells The Rickie Report.

“Yeah, it’s hard for many folks to talk to me when I’ll expose just one ear, and then only partially. Yeah, it’s hard for them to understand I might not seem to be looking at them or things they’re trying to show me, but I see a lot more with peripheral sight than people realize. I can’t explain these things on the spot, so as soon as people seem annoyed I walk away to spare us all grief”.

 

“The wares of George Tortorelli, of Medicine Wind Music, caught my eye at this show. I’m a primitive flute and musical whistle player. I stopped to admire his handmade instruments. He approached, then visibly paused and slowed his hand movements. He kept his hands back as he gently gestured toward instruments while we talked. He paused when I checked behind me for people, and picked up where he was when I turned back as though it was normal interaction”.

 

“People approached his booth. My chest tightened. I was instantly ready to leave. Deborah stepped between the newcomers and me — a natural motion to other people’s eyes  – that’s a protective measure for me. George moved aside and said, ‘You can step behind my table if you want’.  I took him up on the offer. I analyzed his wares for what must have been 15 minutes. George took care of other customers on the public side of his table as I did this. I’d laid out the instruments I would choose from in an impromptu but systematic organization. Then I made my picks and my purchase. It was the only thing I bought at the show that day. George nodded to thank me. He made no attempt to shake my hand”.

 

“George wasn’t being rude. By intuition or background he picked up on the fact I’m autistic, whether by name or not, and adapted to my needs.  And he got my business! Odds are I’ll buy from him again. (I spend more time on his website than I should, looking at his gorgeous instruments. I know from owning one are also high quality)”.

 

Patrick conveys, “There’s a moral to this whole story. Awareness, acceptance, adaption, and accommodation = art sales”.

 

He adds,”It’s difficult to summarize autism, which is why “spectrum” was added to the diagnostic terminology — autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a developmental condition usually typified by weakened social drives, which often shows as social awkwardness. This is most often accompanied by other manifestations such as delayed, underdeveloped verbal communication, sensory problems, often aversion to sounds, and others, such as repeated gestures referred to as “stimming.” Some recoil from calling autism a “disorder,” and prefer terms such as “neurodiversity.” In diagnostic terms, “disorder” simply means someone’s learning or mental processing is different from norms.  

 

Some people with autism live and work autonomously with varying levels of support. Others can’t. Patrick tells us, “What makes a huge difference between an autistic adult being able to live and work independently, or needing lifelong care, is the presence or lack of an aware, accepting and accommodating society”.

 

Readers cannot take Patrick’s narrative and use it as a template for identifying other autists. He shares, ” Yes, ‘autist’ is a dictionary word for someone with autism.  If you’ve met one autist …you’ve met one autist!  There are some general clues you are talking with an autist, for example when the person seems bothered by sounds or movements. They may have a tendency to look away while speaking or have a tendency to articulate a specialized knowledge without apparent regard to social norms”.

 

Our take-away from this?

 

Fortunately it doesn’t take specialized knowledge to converse with those with autism. Watch and listen to people and follow their cues. This works for everything from affective disorders, such as depression, to anxiety disorders and mental-heath conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. You’ll meet people with all of these and many more, when displaying art. Throw “weird” out of your thinking and replace it with “uncommon” and let those ‘less common’ customers lead you to how to interact with, and sell to, them.

 

 

Patrick reminds us, “We love and want art, too”.

 

Patrick McCallister is a longtime journalist who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 1993. Like a lot of people with developmental differences, he hid the diagnosis for years. Today he advocates for people with disabilities in various areas, but especially transportation.

For more information:

 

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.  In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM). This April, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is is proud to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month  in April 2020 with the its new “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for  communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The Autism Society recognizes that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2020 – recognizing this continued increase, the goal for NAAM is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms and opportunities through: information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month. These resources will be made available on social media for sharing as well as on www.autismawarenessmonth.org for download.

 

 

Being a part of a community and feeling included is extremely important in people’s lives. Being part of a community doesn’t mean that it has to be necessarily one’s neighborhood/geographic community. People can experience and explore different communities by traveling and/or taking vacations. People can meet new people and try new things when they go to various camps or retreats. Some may find community among a religious belief they share with others.

 

There are many communities in which people can be a part of such as work and/or social communities which are centered on leisure activities or hobbies. But being a part of any of these communities does not mean simply that the individual is present. To have true community inclusion, the individual needs to be participating and accepted by the other individuals. Becoming a part of any community takes time and effort. Individuals will have to learn practices of the community and have to get accustomed to new things and people. Similarly, the members of the community will have to learn and get accustomed with the new member. Community inclusion is not always a fast process, especially when it causes people to get out of their comfort zone. But with proper supports and effort, community inclusion is extremely rewarding and life-altering.  www.autism-society.org

 

 

 

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