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Inclusive Saturday Classes

Free Art Workshops for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops that are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism.

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Ages 1-7

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Audience: Children ages 1-7 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families

Led by Tom Burnett, CMA’s Director of stART Studio and Early Childhood Education, these free virtual classes encourage children to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with siblings and caregivers.

Dates: July 18 and August 15, 2020

Time: 11 AM to 11:40 AM ET

Location: Online via Zoom

Ages 8+

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Audience: Children ages 8-15 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families

This free class uses art-making to build peer-to-peer relationships in a virtual setting. Families will look closely at artwork as inspiration for creating individual pieces while exploring with household art materials.

Dates: July 18 and August 15, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM to 11:10 AM ET

Location: Online via Zoom


“I am always so impressed these programs at CMA are of such high quality and free of charge. Families of special-needs kids in NYC really, really, want/need to participate in the arts (and it’s a big reason everyone loves living here), but there are so many reasons this can be hard. We are very grateful, and I will tell all of our friends in the Autism community.”

“​I do not think the arts are as valued in a typical school setting so being able to participate in art activities is educational and fantastic for my daughter’s creativity. Socially, to be around other children is usually difficult for my daughter but she did so well. The Teaching Artists were so supportive and made conversation with her. The stART program is nothing short of amazing. The activities are wonderful, the workshop is fantastic, and the Teaching Artists are amazing folks.”

This program is supported by Liselotte and Robin Vince, the Barbara Hunt McLanahan Memorial Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Jennifer & Jonathan Soros Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Louis Legacy Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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