Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences

2018 Philadelphia Autism Project and Community Behavioral Health Art Show

Call for Art Entries

"Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences"
How I Experience Philadelphia

Artists of all ages from the autism community
Visual arts including paintings, drawings, watercolors, collage and photography, as well as sculptures

Art Exhibit: March 12, 2018 to April 27, 2018

Monday through Friday 

9am to 5pm 

LOCATION:
Philadelphia City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
4th and 5th Floors

Presented by the Philadelphia Autism Project
in partnership with 

Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS) through Community Behavioral Health (CBH) * Office of Philadelphia City Councilman-At-Large Derek Green * City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy


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Background

The Philadelphia Autism Project is citywide initiative supported through the office of Councilman-At-Large Derek S. Green and conducted in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). The goal of the Philadelphia Autism Project is to support individuals and families who are living with autism in Philadelphia through resources and innovative programs.  The Philadelphia Autism Project is based at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. 

 In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Philadelphia Autism Project is launching the first collaborative art show Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences.  Artists of all ages from the autism community in Philadelphia and surrounding counties have submitted artwork for this March – April 2018 exhibit.  This inaugural event is aimed at recognizing the talent of individuals with autism and increasing awareness of autism within the Philadelphia community.  

Theme

Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences Art Show seeks artwork that depicts themes related to how individuals with autism experience Philadelphia.  Guiding questions for art work include: 

·  What does Philadelphia mean to me?
· What do I mean to Philadelphia?
· How do I experience this city, its places, and people? 

We are excited and humbled by the responses we received to our Call for Art for this inaugural exhibit. Artists have shared their experiences from living in their neighborhood, to what it means to be a sports fan in this city. Works received have covered themes from art, history and culture, to what home feels and looks like. While this event aims at recognizing talented artists and raising awareness about autism, it is really an opportunity to gain insight and celebrate people of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.