Arts and Autism

Providing an Autism Friendly Experience

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ArtsErie and the Barber National Institute will partner with VSA/PA to provide a one-hour workshop on January 8th at 10AM for arts and cultural organizations and artists interested in learning how to prepare an environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum.  Simple modifications to communications and physical space can be made to welcome this population to your venue.

This workshop is free and will be hosted at the Barber National Institute. R.S.V.P. by calling Christie at the Barber National Institute: 814-878-5903. Parking is available in the BNI parking lot located just off of the Bayfront Highway.


Erie Playhouse Youtheatre Presents an Autism Friendly Performance

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The January 18th, 2:00 PM performance of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. will be presented as autism friendly. Lights and sound will be adjusted to a comfortable level for all guests.  A Sensory Break Area will be provided in the Lower Lobby.

Join Aladdin and fly to the land of Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! Filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement in this Academy Award-winning Disney musical.

Call the Erie Playhouse Box Office for tickets at 814-454-2852.


Save the Date!

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April is Autism Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn more about autism and arts in education!

Plan to join ArtsErie on April 21st at the Barber National Institute for a full-day workshop exploring strategies to engage students on the autism spectrum through the arts.  Act 48 credits will be available.

Details will be announced on ArtsErie’s Facebook page and  website  closer to the event. This workshop is sponsored by VSA/PA with support of a grant from The Kennedy Center.







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