Autism Initiatives: April 17, 2011 Culminating Art Show

Through the partnership of the the Queens Museum of Art and Queens Library, the QMA held its culminating art show on April 17th 2011 for the winter programs. Through this event, different programs under the Autism Initiative were showcased to families affected by autism. These programs included: Photography Class, Beautiful Oops, Puppets and Muppets and the Magic Tree House series.


John playing with a classmate in front of some of the art works.


Each program was designated their own station in our Unisphere Gallery, reflecting that program’s theme, along with art masterpieces from our student artists.

The Puppet Station

Our Puppets & Muppets Station.

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!


Our own Magic Tree House

Our 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.


Jesus playing the charango.


Rocco, a member of our Photography class & Digital Storytelling, pumped the audience with his smooth moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”


Rocco dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Rocco dancing 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.


John getting his diploma from ArtAccess Educators, Hana & Jenn.


The exhibition of the art work was placed in an interactive cardboard gallery, where children were able to play together among the art pieces.


Children playing together at the event.

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 .


Kristina looking at the Zine of our Autism Initiatives

Photography Class, Beautiful Oops!, Puppets & Muppets and Magic Tree House Series.