I was recently introduced to an amazing organization called HeART of the Spectrum. It’s an inclusive art center in Seattle, WA founded by Michael Tolleson and Jack Anderson to encourage and support the artistic abilities of individuals with Autism and Asperger’s. A variety of classes as well as the HeART of the Spectrum Mentoring Art Program are offered at the center, geared toward individual interests and abilities.
In addition to the Mentoring Art Program, HeART of the Spectrum also has a unique gallery that features emerging artwork by individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Artists of all ages and styles have contributed their work, and over 50 pieces now hang in the ground floor storefront.
With so much focus on Autism as a disorder or disability, I think it’s extremely encouraging to see these two artists changing that by showing us the creative, focused and brilliant minds of those on the Spectrum. They are truly celebrating the gifts of Autism.
Because art can be the only form of expression for some of the artists who work at the gallery, Anderson and Tolleson say they strive to help them gain understanding through exposing their art to the greater community.
You can see video coverage by The Seattle Channel here:
For more information on HeART of the Spectrum, visit the gallery’s website or call 206-478-8342. I can’t wait to visit in person SOON!